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Forpady chalks up another victory

Updated: Thursday, 29 Nov 2012 17:49 | Comments

Forpadydeplasterer was first past the post in the Glen Chase at Thurles
Forpadydeplasterer was first past the post in the Glen Chase at Thurles

Popular Irish chaser Forpadydeplasterer recorded his first victory in well over three years with a stylish performance in the Glen Chase at Thurles.

Although without a victory since his Arkle Trophy success at the 2009 Cheltenham Festival, Tom Cooper's 10-year-old has filled the runner-up spot on a number of occasions at the very highest level.

Sent off a 3-1 shot faced with five rivals on his second attempt a three miles, Forpadydeplasterer was ridden patiently by Bryan Cooper but made eyecatching headway to take closer order rounding the home turn.

Snooze did his best out in front, but Forpadydeplasterer took over at the final fence and kicked clear to score by five lengths.

Berties Dream just grabbed third spot from 2011 Grand National runner-up Oscar Time, who ran a perfectly satisfactory race on his first appearance in a year.

There was more family success in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase as Cnoc Seoda delivered for the Queally team.

Sporting a tongue-tie for the first time, Declan Queally's 25-1 chance jumped brilliantly in the hands of the trainer's son, Declan jnr, and made every yard.

Mae's Choice stuck on well for second but was three and three-quarter lengths down at the line.

Marito made a perfect start to life over fences when landing the Killinan (C & G) Beginners Chase.

Formerly a smart hurdler in France, Willie Mullins' recruit was narrowly denied in a handicap hurdle at the Punchestown Festival in April and went one better with ease under Ruby Walsh.

The 9-10 market leader jumped into a clear lead when Savello made a hash of the second-last and he ultimately cruised home by 11 lengths from the running-on He'llberemembered.

Mullins and Walsh had to settle for second as Charlie Swan's Make A Track beat Vesper Bell in the www.thurlesraces.ie Beginners Chase, while Saoirse Dun (4-1 favourite) took division one of the Ken Whelan Hangs Up His Boots Handicap Chase for Philip Rothwell and Paul Townend.

The second instalment saw Bryan Cooper complete a double on Colin Bowe's Whiskey And Red (7-2).

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