Oscars back in winning groove
High-class hurdler Oscars Well returned to winning form with a comfortable victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase at Navan.
A Grade One winner over hurdles, Jessie Harrington's charge (8-11 favourite) won on his chasing bow at Punchestown in October, but was a faller there last time when a hot favourite.
He put that run behind him though with a confident round of jumping in the hands of Robbie Power, holding a healthy advantage at the top of the straight and having no trouble holding the challenge of Cootamundra, with the winner's stablemate Jenari in third.
The trainer said: "He just took off and went some gallop down the back straight. He jumped great and we'll keep him to two miles as the faster they go, the better he'll be. The main objective today was to get a clear round, and we had hoped to get a lead.
"He'll go now for the Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day. Jenari is almost sure to need two and a half miles."
Power added: "That was perfect. He jumped from fence to fence. Maybe he was a bit close at the last, but I didn't want to go for a big one and put him on the floor. I'm very very happy with him and down the back his jumping was brilliant.
"His schooling was so good at home and he was so good the first day that it was a big shock when he fell, and the horse got a bigger shock than anyone.
"He never made a mistake at home and you have to put it down as one of those things. Any horse can fall."