Doctor Phoenix fires at Fairyhouse

    Doctor Phoenix produced a career-best performance to win the Bar One Racing Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse.
  • Sunday 14 January 2018
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Doctor Phoenix produced a career-best performance to win the Bar One Racing Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse.

Having just his fourth run for Gordon Elliott since being bought by Nick Bradley Racing for only £10,000, he looks a bigger bargain than ever now.

Second on his debut for the yard at Cork in October, he then won at the Mallow venue a month later before a bad mistake cost him any chance at Fairyhouse in December.

Nursed into the race inside the final three furlongs in typical Davy Russell style, he bounded clear after the last to beat Kilcarry Bridge, who tried to make all the running, by nine lengths.

Russell said: "He was a great purchase by Mouse O'Ryan and the team.

"The ease in the ground and the good gallop helped but I had a job to get by John Ryan's horse (Kilcarry Bridge).

"He's won a big pot now so they can't complain about much."

The 13-2 chance, who holds an entry in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, completed a Fairyhouse double for Elliott and Russell after the earlier victory of Mitchouka.

Elliott said: "Jack (Kennedy) did the right thing the last day as he let him hack home after making a bad mistake. He only cost 10 grand so if he never wins another race its job done.

"He's a two-miler and he loved coming off a fast gallop. If you don't bully him early he'll arrive late on.

"Nick (Bradley) is ballsy enough with his entries but if it's up to me we would be looking at a little conditions race."

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