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Thursday 8 December 2016

Acapella Bourgeois wins at Fairyhouse Grade Two despite conceding weight to his rivals

Published 27/03/2016 | 16:18

Eventual winner Acapella Bourgeois, left, with Jonathan Burke up, clears the final hurdle alongside Nambour, with Bryan Cooper up, on their way to winning the Agnelli Motor Park Novice Hurdle. Horse Racing at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival. Fairyhouse, Co. Meath. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
Eventual winner Acapella Bourgeois, left, with Jonathan Burke up, clears the final hurdle alongside Nambour, with Bryan Cooper up, on their way to winning the Agnelli Motor Park Novice Hurdle. Horse Racing at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival. Fairyhouse, Co. Meath. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

Acapella Bourgeois ran out a tremendously game winner of the Agnelli Motor Park Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

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The Sandra Hughes-trained six-year-old had to concede weight to each of his 11 rivals following a Grade Two triumph at Thurles last month and was sent off at 5-1 in the hands of Jonathan Burke.

Having made most of the running on his latest appearance, it was no surprise to see Acapella Bourgeois ridden positively once more and he remained in the lead rounding the home turn.

Thurles runner-up Nambour loomed up as a big danger as he looked to gain some revenge and drew alongside after jumping the final flight.

The two fought all the way to the line and Burke's mount would not be denied, prevailing by a head.

Our Duke was a couple of lengths further back in third.

Hughes said: "He does it the hard way having to make the running but he's got a huge stride. If you impede him in any way he can't use it but he was able to use it today. Johnny just gave him a breather and kicked when he needed to and just kept going.

"He's as honest as the day is long and he's tough. He jumped fantastic today. The track at Thurles didn't suit him as it's a bit tight but the track out there today is perfect for him.

"We'll see how he comes out of the race. He's improved with each run, and he's one worth minding.

"If he's well he'll go to Punchestown. It will be either there or the field."

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