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Castle reigns supreme despite scare

Updated: Monday, 01 Oct 2007 18:05

Davy Russell survived a near mishap aboard Conna Castle
Davy Russell survived a near mishap aboard Conna Castle

Conna Castle survived a dramatic skirmish three from home to win the Grade Three Kilbegnet EBF Novice Chase at Roscommon.

Jimmy Mangan's eight-year-old was conceding weight all round but did not need to be at his best to land this Grade Three. The 11-8 favourite was attached to the rear for most of the two-mile trip but sidled alongside Articulation as they entered the straight.

Followers of the latter will be left cursing their misfortune, however, as Conna Castle jumped violently right. Articulation and Ruby Walsh crashed to the deck as a consequence, which helped Davy Russell's mount register a three-and-a-half-length success from Corrieann.

'The horse has always tended to jump a bit to the right and certainly dived right at that fence,' reflected Russell.

Mangan added: "Davy felt the horse would be suited by going right-handed. I'd rather he hadn't hit the front so soon but Davy said he was going so well that he pulled himself there.
"We'll stick to novices for now and he'll probably go to Galway next at the end of this month.'

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