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Dessie Hughes' Seefood takes featured Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse

Updated: Wednesday, 07 Nov 2012 17:27

Hughes' string continue to show well on the track
Hughes' string continue to show well on the track

The INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle carried the most prize money at Fairyhouse and a competitive race went the way of Seefood (13-8 joint favourite).

Dessie Hughes has his horses in good order at present and the C & D winner used that experience to his advantage, drawing clear under Bryan Cooper to give Sizing Gold, who left a lasting impression on his hurdling bow, 6lb and a three-and-a-quarter-length beating.

Hughes went close with Si C'Etait Vrai, who was returning from a lengthy absence in the Follow Fairyhouse On Twitter Hurdle.

However, Gordon Elliott's Cause Of Causes (11-8 favourite) franked the form of his runner-up effort in the Galway Hurdle two starts ago, displaying an impressive turn of foot under Davy Condon to score by half a length.

There was an upset in the fairyhouse.ie Maiden Hurdle when Wingtips failed to justify cramped odds of 2-9 for Tony Martin, and it was Blacklough (10-1) who took full advantage.

Willie Austin's Killarney bumper winner thrived under a positive Andrew Leigh ride and he prevailed by a neck from Akatara on his hurdling debut.

A small gamble on the Colm Murphy-trained Aladdins Cave (3-1 favourite) was landed in the Fairyhouse Premier Jump Racing Weekend Handicap Hurdle, and the plaudits again went to the man on board as Robbie Power delivered a perfectly-timed challenge on the outside to beat the game Shesonlyahorse by three-quarters of a length.

Barry Geraghty rarely leaves the racecourse empty handed and he could be seen travelling strongest aboard Lady Olwyn (10-1) when the pair turned for home in the Fairyhouse Follow Us On Facebook Handicap Hurdle.

John McConnell's mare saw off Tillargon to win by a length and three-quarters, while the ultra-impressive Owen Mc (2-1 joint favourite) landed the Bobbyjo Bistro At Fairyhouse Flat Race for the potent Noel Meade/Nina Carberry combination.