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Another Irish victory as Al Eile romps home

Updated: Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 16:52

Timmy Murphy
Timmy Murphy

Al Eile (11-1) put another on the board for the Irish with a thrilling victory in the Scottish And Newcastle Aintree Hurdle.

John Queally's charge just got up in a desperate finish for a neck victory from Inglis Drever, who had made much of his own running after the whole field proved reluctant to go on.

Exotic Dancer ran a superb race to take third at 50-1, but favourite Brave Inca crashed out at the third-last when still travelling strongly.

The result was a heartbreaking one for connections of Inglis Drever, who would have secured a £250,000 bonus for winning the inaugural British Horseracing Board Order Of Merit series.

Graham Lee had been hard at work on Howard Johnson's charge from some way out after he took up the running following the farcical events at the start, although Brave Inca was always travelling sweetly on his heels.

The latter looked poised when disaster struck and it was then left to Exotic Dancer and the eventual winner to give chase to Inglis Drever.

He still led at the last, but Timmy Murphy would not be denied on Al Eile, who answered every call to get up in the shadow of the post.

Filed by Katie Byrne