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Flaxen Flare finishes strongly to win Fed Winter Hurdle for Gordon Elliott

Updated: Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 17:23 | Comments

Flaxen Flare set to reappear on the flat over the summer months
Flaxen Flare set to reappear on the flat over the summer months

Flaxen Flare gave Ireland a sixth winner at this year's Cheltenham Festival with a 25-1 success in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

Trained in County Meath by Gordon Elliott, the four-year-old gelding skipped four and a half lengths clear of Caid Du Berlais at the line.

Flaxen Flare was in fourth place two out, at which stage Davy Condon went for broke.

The complexion to the Grade Three dramatically changed complexion from there on in as the winner swept into the lead at the top of the straight.

Elliott's charge continued to extend his advantage and ended up winning most convincingly.

Ptit Zig finished third, while Milord was fourth.

Elliott said: "When we bought him we thought he would be a horse for the big days, and if he never wins again he doesn't owe us anything.

"He got there too soon, and I was panicking a bit, but we put the blinkers on him because he's been a bit lairy.

"He'll go dual-purpose now, and he's one to run at some of the nice Flat festivals.

"This has been a team effort and we are delighted."

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