Falcon Crest impresses in Monksfield victory
Barry Geraghty steered Falcon Crest to a decisive success in the "Monksfield" Novice Hurdle at Navan.
The Christy Roche-trained five-year-old was sent off at 100-30 having cruised to victory on his hurdling debut at Fairyhouse earlier in the month and Geraghty always appeared confident he had matters in hand throughout the Grade Two assignment.
Moylisha Tim and Dallas Cowboy ensured a strong pace and they remained at the head of affairs at the top of the home straight, but Falcon Crest moved ominously into contention.
Dallas Cowboy was sticking to his task well when suffering a crashing fall at the second-last, with Falcon Crest fortunate not to get brought down.
Geraghty took aim at Moylisha Tim approaching the final flight and Falcon Crest picked up well once popped the question to seal the deal by six and a half lengths.
Roche said of the JP McManus-owned winner: "He's a big, solid, sound horse to train and wasn't near another horse since he ran the last day. We just took a chance and let the race improve him and it's done that.
"He has plenty of speed and I'd be happier to have a better bit of ground. There aren't too many options where to go next and the boardroom will have a big say."
Paddy Power gave Falcon Crest a 20-1 quote for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.