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Flemenstar, trained by Peter Casey, ran out an impressive winner of the Fortria Chase at Navan

Updated: Sunday, 11 Nov 2012 16:48 | Comments

The exciting Flemenstar made a winning comeback at Navan
The exciting Flemenstar made a winning comeback at Navan

Flemenstar made a superb seasonal reappearance with an impressive victory in the Irish Form Book Fortria Chase at Navan.

Peter Casey's seven-year-old enjoyed an exceptional novice campaign over fences, building on a promising second to Bog Warrior with five consecutive wins.

Coming back to two miles on his first appearance since winning the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse in early April, Flemenstar was sent straight to the lead by Andrew Lynch and produced some brilliant leaps to maintain control of the race.

He was tracked into the straight by Foildubh and Big Zeb, the latter searching for a fourth consecutive win in this Grade Two prize, but 10-11 favourite Flemenstar saw them off with ease, beating Big Zeb by seven lengths.

"He got beat here the last two years but I slept well last night, I wasn't worried about him" - Peter Casey

Oliver McKiernan's 10-year-old Whatuthink (25-1) sprung a major surprise when he led all the way under Tom Doyle and held off the attentions of the long odds-on Voler La Vedette in the Lismullen Hurdle.

Colm Murphy's mare (1-7 favourite), was held up in rear, but after closing into second going to the third-last she could make no more progress and went down by four and a quarter lengths.

The Henry de Bromhead-trained Sizing Rio (4-5 favourite) remains unbeaten over obstacles after leading virtually all the way to take the 'For Auction' Novice Hurdle.

The four-year-old had to be driven along by Andrew Lynch when challenged by Ted Veale after the final flight in the Grade Three contest, but responded well and forged a length and a half clear.

Dessie Hughes's Our Conor (8-13 favourite) brought decent Flat form into the Follow Navan Racecourse Facebook 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle and delivered with some authority, easing away to score by eight and a half lengths under Bryan Cooper.

The jockey doubled up on Jimmy Finn's gambled-on Ballyfinboy (7-1), who built up a massive lead during the St Johann Ski Resort Tirol Austria Handicap Hurdle and kept going to hold Tarquinius's late charge by a neck.

Paul Carberry rode a patient race on Noel Meade's 5-4 favourite Dylan Ross in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase, picking off the opposition to lead on the run-in and beat Lake Windermere by a length and three-quarters.

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