Saturnas made to work hard to open chasing account at Fairyhouse

    Grade One-winning hurdler Saturnas had to work hard to land the odds in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Fairyhouse.
  • Sunday 14 January 2018
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Grade One-winning hurdler Saturnas had to work hard to land the odds in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Fairyhouse.

Willie Mullins' 8-11 favourite looked beaten going to the second-last, with De Plotting Shed still travelling strongly for Davy Russell.

However, Paul Townend switched his mount from one side of the track to the other and Saturnas quickened up.

Mullins' inmate drew level just before the last and came home a length and a quarter clear after a big leap at the final fence.

"I thought he might be one of our two-milers this year but, looking at that, he needs further," said Mullins.

"I was hoping he'd be a Grade One horse (over fences) but looking at that it will be quite a climb."

The closing bumper was fought out between Mullins and Gordon Elliott, with Tornado Flyer (even-money favourite) just holding on from Getaway John to give the former a double.

Mullins said: "Hurricane Fly is in his pedigree and he showed that kind of toughness, especially in the last 200 yards.

"He'll go for a winners' bumper."

Danny Hand was seen to good effect on Dermot McLoughlin's Dromore Lad, who registered a fourth win of the season in the Fairyhouse Members 2018 Handicap Hurdle.

The 3-1 favourite was all out to beat Barry Geraghty and Fitzhenry by a head.

"He's improving obviously and Danny said it's the best he's jumped," said McLoughlin.

"It was a competitive race. They went a good gallop and he stayed going well. He's gutsy and has a really good attitude.

"He's won over two and a half (miles), and three miles is obviously his trip."

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