Bookies' benefit at Fairyhouse
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.