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Rebel Fitz profits from Ballycasey fall at Fairyhouse in the Powers Gold Cup

Updated: Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 20:23 | Comments

Rebel Fitz races to victory at Fairyhouse
Rebel Fitz races to victory at Fairyhouse

Rebel Fitz took advantage of Ballycasey's untimely fall to lift the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse.

Ballycasey attempted to make all the running for trainer Willie Mulins and was still in front when coming down at the second last, following his stablemate Mozoltov, who had taken a tumble just after halfway.

That left Rebel Fitz (2-1) in the lead under Barry Geraghty and Michael Winters' consistent nine-year-old jumped the last in style to beat his remaining rival Bright New Dawn readily by 15 lengths.

Rebel Fitz had been under pressure from some way out but was just about to draw level with Ballycasey when the favourite took a tumble.

Mullins had better luck when Daneking landed a valuable success in the Boylesports Easter Festival Handicap Hurdle.

Paul Townend was going nicely when he sent the 6-1 shot up to join Darwins Fox in the lead jumping the second-last and the stout stayer galloped on resolutely to win by three lengths.

Ned Buntline's absence left Paul Carberry free to switch to Road To Riches in the Coolmore Stud Novice Chase and the Noel Meade-trained seven-year-old won with some authority.

The favourite Mallowney looked to be travelling well when he threw down a challenge, but it was short-lived and Road To Riches (2-1) ran on strongly to score by three and three-quarter lengths.

The INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Handicap Hurdle Series Final looked a competitive event on paper but Paul Fahey's 14-1 shot Lots Of Memories made a mockery of it, clearing right away to win by an easy six and a half lengths in the hands of Shane Butler.

Long-time leader Emperor Of Exmoor looked to be a sitting duck as Tawseef travelled up smoothly to challenge in the Irish Field Maiden Hurdle, but Dessie Hughes's 4-1 shot dug deep for Mark Enright and held on by a length.

David Splaine sent Pivot Bridge ahead going to the final flight in the Gleesons Butchers Novice Handicap Hurdle and Ado McGuinness's 25-1 outsider held Desertmore Stream, who made late progress, by three lengths.

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