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Waaheb’s winning comeback

A DERMOT WELD-TRAINED horse defied an extremely lengthy lay-off for the second time in just three days to win, as Waaheb opened his hurdling account with a pleasing display at Fairyhouse.

WELD had produced a training master-class on Saturday, when Rite Of Passage came back from injury to win the Long Distance Cup on Champions Day at Ascot.

This time it was the top bumper performer who came back from a 538-day absence to win for the first time in the colours of JP McManus.

It was a comprehensive six-and-a-half length victory at the death for Waaheb under Mark Walsh and a “satisfactory” performance according to his trainer.

There may well prove to have been many points of interest on yesterday’s six-race card at the Meath venue, as Henry de Bromhead’s Sizing Rio put a disappointing season-ending bumper run last April behind him to win over hurdles by 18 lengths.

The other maiden hurdle was won by Dessie Hughes’ bumper winner Seefood, who may head back for the Drinmore Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse after recording a 12-length success.

Favourite backers were sent home happy as Dermot Weld completed a double in the bumper, with Robbie McNamara enjoying his second |winner in as many days as Expanding Universe won the last from Curley Bill.