Wednesday 18 October 2017

Bookies' benefit at Fairyhouse

Be The Hero and Bryan Cooper (maroon) take full advantage of the last flight fall of Seven Nation Army and Andrew Lynch to win the Fairyhouse Maiden Hurdle. Both were OK after their fall. Photo: Healy Racing
Be The Hero and Bryan Cooper (maroon) take full advantage of the last flight fall of Seven Nation Army and Andrew Lynch to win the Fairyhouse Maiden Hurdle. Both were OK after their fall. Photo: Healy Racing
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

It turned out to be a profitable day for the bookies at Fairyhouse where not one of the favourites on the seven-race card won.

The afternoon of punting woe began in the opening maiden hurdle, in which 4/7 market leader Seven Nation Army hit the deck when leading at the last under Andrew Lynch. This left the way for Gordon Elliott's Be The Hero (10/3) to cruise clear for Bryan Cooper.

The luckless Lynch suffered more final-fence woe on Missypet in the mares beginners chase. The 11/10 favourite had just regained the lead approaching the last when she hit the obstacle and unshipped the rider. This enabled the Mick Winters-trained Kara Loca (9/2) saunter home in the hands of Johnny Burke.

The other beginners chase on the card produced a huge shock and this time Lynch was the beneficiary. After the early exit of even-money shot Fine Article, 11/8 second favourite Dallas Cowboy looked sure to score turning for home, but this one faded badly between the last two fences and Lynch came through to score on 50/1 outsider Festive Day.

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