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Dermot Weld's Waaheb wins on hurdling bow at Fairyhouse after a lengthy absence

Updated: Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 17:34

Weld will not rush things with Waaheb after today's win
Weld will not rush things with Waaheb after today's win

Waaheb was an impressive winner on his hurdles debut at Fairyhouse to win the Premier Jump Weekend @ Fairyhouse Hurdle despite having had 538 days off the track.

Winner of three bumpers before finishing second in the champion bumper at Punchestown in May 2011, Dermot Weld's runner was sent off the 8-13 favourite.

Held up early on by Mark Walsh as Decade Player made most of the running, he made smooth progress to challenge in the straight. A good jump at the last took Waaheb into the lead and he pulled clear to score well from Silver Friend.

Weld said: "That was very satisfactory.

"He still has a lot to learn. He was a bit novicey early but his jumping improved as the race progressed.

"We'll look for a novice but could wait until Christmas as we're not in any hurry with him.

"I hope the spring is his target. He's won in testing ground there but that's really not what he wants. He's a talented horse with a lot of class."

BetVictor cut Waaheb from 14-1 to 12-1 for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. 

Weld doubled up when Expanding Universe (7-4 favourite) asserted in the final furlong to take the concluding bumper under Robbie McNamara.

In other news from today's meeting, Henry de Bromhead looks to have another useful prospect on his hands in the Potts colours in Sizing Rio, who put in an impressive round to see off the odds-on Cops And Robbers in the Dine In The Bobbyjo Bistro Maiden Hurdle.

Paul Carberry sent the 13-8 chance past long-time leader Strategic Bid at the third-last flight and though Cops And Robbers gave chase, he was never able to get near enough to land a blow and the winning distance was 18 lengths.

Seefood (9-4) showed his wellbeing with victory in a Clonmel bumper at the end of last month and followed up with the minimum of fuss in the Hold An Event At Fairyhouse Maiden Hurdle.

Bryan Cooper caught long-time leader Kims Fancy two out and the Dessie Hughes-trained five-year-old swept clear to win by 12 lengths from Share Wood, with favourite War Correspondent disappointing.

The Noel Brett-trained Dactik (9-2) was hit with a 12lb hike after winning easily last time and shrugged that off with another convincing success in the Follow Fairyhouse On Twitter Handicap Hurdle, forging clear to score by three and a quarter lengths under Davy Russell.

There was a thrilling finish to the Book A Suite At Fairyhouse Handicap Hurdle, Paul Townend on the Willie Mullins-trained Away We Go (15-8 favourite) just resisting the persistent Ballygill Gale by a head.