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Panther Claw pounces to grab Navan prize

Updated: Monday, 18 Mar 2013 17:31 | Comments

Panther Claw claimed victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Handicap Chase Final
Panther Claw claimed victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Handicap Chase Final

Just three days after beating Sir Des Champs in the Gold Cup on Bobs Worth, Barry Geraghty successfully teamed up with Gigginstown House as Panther Claw took the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Handicap Chase Final at Navan.

Paul Nolan's lightly-raced grey relishes testing conditions and showed an abundance of stamina to see off the persistent challenge of Saoirse Dun.

Geraghty sent his mount to the front three from the finish and brought him to the stands side.

Saoirse Dun gave his all up the middle of the track but he was a length and three-quarters down at the winning post, with King Of The Refs and Wise Oscar the only other finishers.

In-form duo Dessie Hughes and Bryan Cooper kept the ball rolling with Nearly Nama'd in the PGA's At Navan Golf Club Maiden Hurdle.

Having his introductory outing over timber and his first start under Cooper, the 9-2 chance held a clear advantage turning for home and galloped on strongly to beat Bold Revenge, with odds-on favourite City Slicker a disappointing third.

Some Tikket had no trouble in justifying 4-6 favouritism in the Liam Buggy Navan Golf Captain Maiden Hurdle.

Robbie McNamara kept things simple on the Dermot Weld-trained runner, leading from the off and coasting to an 11-length win over Fergiethelegend having jumped well throughout.

Suntiep (7-4) remains unbeaten after grinding out a hard-fought win in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Hurdle.

At the head of affairs early on, Willie Mullins' charge travelled kindly for Ruby Walsh and found plenty for pressure up the home straight to hold market rival Bonisland by three and a half lengths.

Mount Colah won the Kilberry Handicap Hurdle under an enterprising Noel McParlan ride.

Jerry Cosgrave's charge looked a sitting duck as Barneys Honours loomed large approaching two-out, but but McParlan had given his mount a breather and the 4-1 shot duly pulled seven and a half lengths clear on the run to the line.

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