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Talbot Road wins Leopardstown opener as favourites fall

Updated: Friday, 28 Dec 2012 14:24 | Comments

It's Ladies Day at Leopardstown so make sure you don't get stuck behind this pair of hats when you're watching the action Arthur Moore's Talbot Road took advantage of the favourites' misfortune
It's Ladies Day at Leopardstown so make sure you don't get stuck behind this pair of hats when you're watching the action Arthur Moore's Talbot Road took advantage of the favourites' misfortune

Talbot Road won a dramatic race for the opening Madigans Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown after the two market leaders Foxrock and Mala Beach made extraordinary exits.

The Ted Walsh-trained Foxrock, the 5-4 favourite, got no further than the first flight when badly hampered and giving Ruby Walsh no chance of staying in the saddle.

Foxrock continued riderless, causing the rest of the field problems as he kept running in and out of the hurdles track.

Mala Beach then got squeezed up on the rail after jumping the second-last hurdle giving Davy Condon a fall.

Thunder And Roses looked likely to come out on top but Barry Cash's vigorous riding of the Arthur Moore-trained Talbot Road (7-1) proved most effective as he prevailed by two lengths.

"He has a big heart and he showed that today." - Moore

"He won a point-to-point in April, but was only four in the middle of June. My son-in-law Kevin Ross bought him at the Derby sales," said Moore.

"We've always liked him from day one and he's the best young horse we've had for a while. He's our big hope for the future.

"He has a big heart and he showed that today. I know the two favourites were knocked out, but it was still a good performance. He's only a baby.

"This was the plan, he came in from grass. He got no run in Fairyhouse and only got galloping when the race was over.

"He's a chaser for the future. You can see the scope he has jumping. Hopefully this time next year he'll be here for a good chase."

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