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Realt Mor, ridden by Davy Condon, made all the running to win the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse

Updated: Sunday, 31 Mar 2013 18:36 | Comments

Realt Mor holds off all-comers to land the Powers Gold Cup under Davy Condon Davy Condon secured a double at Fairyhouse with Realt Mor and Mala Beach
Realt Mor holds off all-comers to land the Powers Gold Cup under Davy Condon Davy Condon secured a double at Fairyhouse with Realt Mor and Mala Beach

Realt Mor produced a fantastic front-running display in the hands of Davy Condon to claim the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse.

Formerly trained by Nicky Richards, the eight-year-old joined Gordon Elliott earlier this year and although he only made it as far as the first fence on his Irish debut at this track, he ran out an impressive winner on his next start at Navan.

Pitched in at Grade One level for his latest assignment, the 10-1 shot was sent straight to the head of affairs and quickly opened up a big advantage on the rest of the field.

It seemed likely he would be swallowed up when the rest of the pack closed in towards the end of the back straight, but Condon had clearly given his mount a breather.

Realt Mor kicked on again rounding the home turn and although his stablemate Mount Benbulben and also Mikael D'Haguenet and Dedigout threw down challenges, Realt Mor found plenty to take top honours.

Favourite Dedigout came from further back on the run-in to claim the runner-up spot.

Co. Meath trainer Elliott said: "This lad was good at Navan last time. It looked a bad race, but the distance he won, a bad horse can't do that.

"He's a free-running type and very keen. He lives in a field 24/7 and is never in a stable. I'm not sure about Punchestown. That may be it for the year and if he doesn't win again he doesn't owe us.

"I only got the horse this year. I have to give credit to the lads who have done lots of work with him."

Of Mount Benbulben, who finished fourth, the trainer added: "I still think he's the best horse in the race but his jumping let him down.

"The last four fences he mowed through them and was still only beaten seven or eight lengths."

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