Thursday 25 May 2017

Moore 'National' joy for Venitien De Mai

Jim Dreaper Photo: Sportsfile
Jim Dreaper Photo: Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Relentless galloper Venitien De Mai led home a 1-2 for trainer Jim Dreaper and owners Alan and Ann Potts in the Woodlands 100 Club Leinster National Handicap Chase at Naas.

Given a fine ride at the head of affairs by Jonathan Moore, the 100/30 favourite put up a terrific performance for a novice to power home six lengths ahead of stablemate Goonyella, which finished to great effect as he ran an eyecatching Aintree Grand National trial.

Futuramic had looked a threat when getting involved four out but was ultimately another seven and a half lengths back in third. Dreaper confirmed Nationals now beckon for both his horses, at Fairyhouse and Liverpool respectively.

Sub Lieutenant produced a gritty performance from the front to land the Grade Three novice chase.

The least fancied of the three Gigginstown-owned runners, the Sandra Hughes-trained 9/1 chance jumped soundly at the head of a tightly-packed field before kicking for glory on the home turn under David Mullins.

Favourite Tell Us More was bang in contention at the last, but Sub Lieutenant found even more up the run-in, coming home two lengths to the good.

Hughes said: "He was very sweet out in front, the visor helped and a bit better ground. Once he can dictate and not get bossed around he's fine. He has his own way of doing things, and it's nice to see him get off the mark (over fences).

Hughes and Mullins completed a 59/1 double when Total Recall (5/1) just held on to take the €25,000 Naas Supporters Handicap Hurdle.

The seven-year-old was never far away as French import Pistol Park led the way and having jumped the last in front and seemingly seen off all-comers, the line came just in time to foil fast-finishing Aengus by a neck.

The-in-form Gordon Elliott was another trainer on the double. His Sutton Place looked a horse full of promise as he produced a stylish performance to take the opening Irish Racing Writers Kingsfurze Novice Hurdle - Barry Geraghty steering the 12/1 outsider over six lengths clear of Royal Caviar.

The Elliott brace was completed by the success of former point-to-pointer Shattered Love (5/1) under Luke McGuinness in the closing bumper.

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