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Paul Fahey upstages big names as He'llberemembered wins at Leopardstown

Updated: Sunday, 03 Mar 2013 18:24 | Comments

He'llberemembered could run in the Irish Grand National after his success at Leopardstown
He'llberemembered could run in the Irish Grand National after his success at Leopardstown

Paul Fahey is considering a tilt at the Irish Grand National with He'llberemembered after he emerged triumphant in a thrilling finish to the Carrickmines Handicap Chase at Leopardstown.

Second behind the classy Mikael D'Haguenet at Thurles in January, the 10-year-old was allowed to go off at 10-1 switched to handicap company for the first time over fences, with regular rider and conditional jockey Shane Butler doing the steering.

He led a group of four horses in with a real chance of victory after jumping the final fence, and pulled out all the stops to pass the post in front.

Pineau De Re was three-quarters of a length away in second, with Spring Heeled and Please Talk close up in third and fourth.

As well as training a small string of horses himself, Fahey is the farrier for champion trainer Willie Mullins.

Fahey said: "In fairness I'm not a trainer so imagine what he'd do if a trainer had him!

"He's been knocking on the door in good handicap hurdles and deserved his chance.

"The plan was always to come here because all the better horses are going to Cheltenham.

"There are good handicaps this and next weekend and we've also been toying with idea of the Irish National - we'll make an entry and hopefully the handicapper won't be too harsh on him. If we got the right weight we might take our chance in it.

"I can't celebrate too much as Willie will be looking for plates to be put on in the morning!"

Paul Townend suffered a fall from King Of The Refs and was stood down for the rest of the day. He left the course in a sling heading for an x-ray.

Savello put in an impressive round of jumping to land the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase for Tony Martin after favourite Rupert Lamb fell early on.

A prodigious leap at the last on the back straight really signalled his intent, and he continued that challenge under Davy Russell.

The Real Article pressed close home, but Savello held him two and three-quarter lengths at bay.

Fosters Cross ran out a convincing winner of the Ballsbridge Hurdle for Tom Mullins and Paul Townend.

The 10-1 chance had slipped clear at the end of the back straight and kept up the gallop to leave favourite Blackstairmountain toiling 12 lengths adrift.

Jessica Harrington's Operating came home a fairly comfortable winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Hurdle.

The 7-4 joint-favourite was left in front when a loose horse took out Thunder And Roses, and though Mireya appeared to close the gap approaching the last, Robbie Power had obviously held something in reserve and Operating ran on well to score by five lengths.

Ted Walsh's Summer Star (7-2 favourite) came from out of the clouds to land the www.leopardstown.com Handicap Hurdle under Katie Walsh, collaring Captain Arceus close home to win by a neck.

Aidan O'Brien provided the winner of the concluding Killiney (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race as 8-1 chance Shield came from last to first under Kate Harrington to deny Grecian Tiger.

Down Under (20-1) kept on doggedly to land the Leopardstown Club Members Handicap Chase under Mark Grant.

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