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Tuesday 24 January 2017

Harney revels in Leanne stroll

Published 29/10/2010 | 05:00

Hot favourite Whatuthink had to make do with minor honours as Billy Harney's Leanne ran away with the Wilderness Chase at Clonmel yesterday.

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The former is rated in the 140s over both hurdles and fences but had no answer to his front-running rival.

Leanne (8/1) was in command a long way from home under Robbie Colgan and kept up the gallop in the home straight to score by 10 lengths.

"I needed to get a run into her but she was fit," said Harney. "She was a stone wrong in the handicap with Whatuthink. We'll see what Mr O'Brien does (the handicapper) -- the plans are in his hands."

There was a thrilling finish to the Powerstown Desmene Handicap Hurdle, with 7/1 shot Le Reveur recording a short-head win from Pride Of The Lions in the hands of Brian O'Connell.

Winning trainer Philip Fenton, saddling his first winner since the ill-fated Hairy Molly at Kilbeggan in August, said: "It usually favours the near-side (Pride Of The Lions) here so I wasn't sure if he'd held on. At long last anyway we're off the cold list.

"This fella is an eight-year-old and he is a long time a maiden over hurdles. He won three races on the Flat in France and cost a lot of money at one stage."

Colin Bowe's Our Victoria (5/1) got the better of favourite Galianna in a nip-and-tuck finish to the Cahir Mares Maiden Hurdle. Bowe said: "She'll probably go for a novice hurdle now. I thought the trip would be a bit short but she is tough."

Peqeno Diablo (9/1) took the Cashel Maiden Hurdle, while 25/1 shot Cool Quest routed her rivals in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase.

The latter's trainer Terence O'Brien said: "She jumped well at home but if she'd been fourth or fifth I'd have been happy.

"She was a crazy price -- she is better than that as she had some great runs over hurdles. She always runs well fresh and we had got plenty of work into her. She is well-handicapped over hurdles so we'll mix it with her."

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