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Chamonix ridden by Joseph O'Brien wins the Edmund & Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes at Listowel Racecourse. Photo: PA

Chamonix ridden by Joseph O'Brien wins the Edmund & Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes at Listowel Racecourse. Photo: PA

Chamonix ridden by Joseph O'Brien wins the Edmund & Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes at Listowel Racecourse. Photo: PA

Aidan O'Brien's progressive stayer Chamonix completed his hat-trick with an all-the-way victory in the Edmund & Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes.

Sixth on his Leopardstown debut in mid-July, the three-year-old son of Galileo got off the mark with a 12-length victory at Killarney before taking Listed honours at Galway.



Turned out nine days later, the even-money favourite was sent straight to the head of affairs by Joseph O'Brien and it was clear rounding the home turn that his rivals would struggle to bridge the gap.



Chamonix galloped on relentlessly in the bottomless ground to beat stable companion Demurely into second, just as he had done at Galway, with three and three-quarter lengths the winning margin.



The returning Minsk ran with promise to finish third.



The winning rider said: "Chamonix is a tough horse, he tries hard. He handled the ground but I think he'll be a bit better on nicer ground.



"He's a horse that's going places. I think he'll be a much better horse next year - he's quite big and raw still.



"He has the cheekpieces on him as he's just still a bit immature. He's a lovely horse and he's improving.



"He has worked with Camelot at home and at Leopardstown and you have to put in a smart enough lead horse for him. He's a very smart horse."



Whatever Jacksays turned in a similarly dominant front-running display to take the Ballygarry House Hotel Novice Hurdle in the hands of Robbie Colgan.



Oliver McKiernan's seven-year-old wracked up four consecutive victories between April and June before coming up short in the ultra-competitive Galway Hurdle.



However, the 2-1 favourite had less on his plate facing just five rivals in this company and he turned in a game performance to score comfortably by five and a half lengths from Too Scoops.