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Thrilled Casey hails Powers Gold Cup winner Flemenstar

TRAINER Peter Casey said he was "delighted" after Flemenstar routed the opposition to win the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse yesterday.

In his sternest test to date, Flemenstar jumped superbly to beat Rathlin by 11 lengths.

So impressive was the winner, he is now as low as 8/1 for next year's Cheltenham Gold Cup.

"I can't believe it. I'm delighted with him," said Casey. "He's won so much now. He won't go to Punchestown.

"We'll look to Cheltenham next year."

There was decent fare to be enjoyed both on the Flat and over jumps on Saturday, with some key performances on the Kempton all-weather.

Paul Hanagan has slotted into the role as Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's top rider and collected his first decent prize of the season as Thimaar (4-1) held off Gulf Of Naples by a length in the Betfred The Bonus King Queen's Prize.

Trainer John Gosden also struck with potential Classic aspirant Eastern Sun (100-30 joint-favourite) in the Betfred "Double Delight" Conditions Stakes.

William Buick switched to Mick Channon's Laugh Out Loud (6-1) in the Betfred "When Both Teams Score" Fillies' Stakes and she could be aimed at the 1000 Guineas.

The day's Listed race, the Betfred Mobile Sports Snowdrop Fillies' Stakes, had a fine finish, with James Fanshawe's Captivator (7-1) showing tenacity to beat 7-4 favourite Law Of The Range.

Brian Ellison enjoyed a bumper payday at Haydock when winning two big Betfair-sponsored prizes with cast-offs Sound Accord and Hada Men.

Sound Accord (8-1) got home in the dying strides to collar Zitenka in the Read Nicholls And McCain On Betfair Handicap Chase (Betfair Chase Series Final).

Auroras Encore (12-1) could be bound for the Coral Scottish Grand National after returning to form in the Betfair For Better Odds Levy Board Handicap Chase.