Thursday 29 September 2016

Ryanair lift-off for Kerry Lee as Kylemore Lough strikes Grade One gold in Fairyhouse

Published 27/03/2016 | 16:55

Kylemore Lough ridden by Barry Geraghty (near side) jump the last to win the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Steeplechase during day one of the Easter Festival at Fairyhouse Racecourse, Co. Meath
Kylemore Lough ridden by Barry Geraghty (near side) jump the last to win the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Steeplechase during day one of the Easter Festival at Fairyhouse Racecourse, Co. Meath

British raider Kylemore Lough claimed Grade One glory for trainer Kerry Lee in the Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse.

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The Herefordshire-based trainer has enjoyed a fantastic first season having taken over the licence from her father, Richard, most notably landing the Coral Welsh Grand National with Mountainous.

Kylemore Lough (7-4) has been another of the stable stars, winning four of his five previous starts over fences, but he faced a sharp rise in class in this two-and-a-half-mile feature.

Racing in the hands of Barry Geraghty, Kylemore Lough jumped smoothly and tracked hot favourite Outlander into the home straight.

There was little to choose between the market principals jumping the final fence, but Lee's charge had more to give on the run-in and galloped on for a one-length success.

The Willie Mullins-trained Outlander ran a perfectly respectable race in second, turning out just 10 days after falling in the JLT Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Geraghty was completing a Grade One double having earlier landed the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final aboard Jer's Girl.

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