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Flaxen Flare lights up with hurdle success

FLAXEN FLARE will be pointed towards the Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot following his facile success at Cork yesterday.

The Cheltenham Festival-winning four-year-old was rarely out of second gear in the Cork racecourse.ie Hurdle and breezed a length clear as the 1-9 favourite.

Flaxen Flare, who claimed the Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle in March, was last seen finishing second in the Galway Hurdle.

Elliott, who won the Ladbroke last year with Cause Of Causes, said: "It was an ideal race for him and he jumped around nice and safe. He'll have a little break and come back for the Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot. We might find a little Flat race for him as well."

Domination (2-9 favourite) continued his smooth progress this season with an assured victory in the JP McManus Hurdle.

Trainer Charles Byrnes is considering running the six-year-old gelding in the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket in October, but he is just as talented over hurdles as he is on the Flat.

Silk Hall cut out most of the running, with Supreme Doc also up with the pace. The race changed complexion three out as Supreme Doc went for broke, but Domination always looked in complete control.

Davy Russell's companion was nudged into an unassailable position at the final flight before extending his advantage.

Byrnes said: "I'm delighted he didn't get a hard race. He might have a wee break now with the English Cesarewitch on October 12 as his target. He's very ground dependant, though. He wants good ground. Davy said it wasn't good enough for him down the back straight.

"He hates soft ground and won't run during the winter. We'll have a look at a conditions hurdle for him in Galway in September because we could be waiting for the Cesarewitch and the ground could go against us. He would jump a fence if you wanted him to, but there's more money over hurdles, for the time being."