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Saturday 19 January 2019

Dinaria Des Obeaux seals 545/1 Thurles four-timer for Elliott

Rachael Blackmore and Jazz Ranger battle the elements at Thurles yesterday. Photo: Patrick McCann
Rachael Blackmore and Jazz Ranger battle the elements at Thurles yesterday. Photo: Patrick McCann

Thomas Kelly

Dinaria Des Obeaux completed a 545/1 Thurles four-timer for Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown House Stud by landing the Coolmore NH Sires EBF Mares Novice Chase.

The five-year-old, which had come up short in a couple of Grade One races, was much more suited to this Grade Two test back against her own sex and travelled in second behind pace-setter Magic Of Light.

Davy Russell after partnering Dortmund Park to victory. Photo: Patrick McCann
Davy Russell after partnering Dortmund Park to victory. Photo: Patrick McCann

Youcantcallherthat was hot on their heels when getting the second-last all wrong, effectively ending her challenge.

Dinaria Des Obeaux could also have been better when jumping the final obstacle in a slight lead, but she was kept up to her work by Jack Kennedy, who was completing a treble, and passed the post eight lengths to the good over Magic Of Light.

Elliott said: "She was entitled to do that on her Drinmore run and forget about her last run, as she made a few mistakes and was nearly brought down.

"She won't be going to Cheltenham and I don't think we have to keep her in her own sex - never say never, but we'll see as we have a couple of nice mares at the moment. She is a nice mare and has her job done now."

Elliott also struck with the Kennedy-ridden A Toi Phil and Pete So High, as well as Dortmund Park, which impressed under Davy Russell - all in the maroon and white of Gigginstown.


A Toi Phil stamped his class all over the Grade Three Horse & Jockey Hotel Kinloch Brae Chase.

American Tom took the field along with the remaining trio racing together for the first circuit.

Arctic Skipper was the first to crack and then American Tom made a mistake five out, allowing A Toi Phil and Woodland Opera to close the gap.

Woodland Opera began to toil but A Toi Phil was still travelling strongly and hit the front between the final two obstacles before going nine and a half lengths clear of American Tom.

Elliott said: "In his own grade, he is brilliant and won't let you down and Jack gave him a great ride again today.

Pete So High could join Elliott's Cheltenham Festival team after running out a clear-cut winner of the opening maiden hurdle.

Since arriving in Ireland from Richard Hannon's yard, the four-year-old has performed with plenty of credit, most recently when fourth behind Mr Adjudicator at Leopardstown.

Hot favourite Jetez faded quickly down the back, with his main market rival Saglawy at the head of affairs, but Pete So High (7/1) took it up at the second-last and kept going in the wet conditions to account for Last Man Standing by five lengths.

Elliott said: "It wasn't the strongest race in the world and he just about handled the conditions. Jack (Kennedy) said he wasn't in love with it but whatever handles it best wins today.

"He has got his head in front now and we'll see but he could be a Fred Winter-type horse."

Dortmund Park turned the WT O'Grady Memorial Hurdle into a procession. Bought from France for €230,000 last summer, the five-year-old struggled on his first start for Elliott before triumphing at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day.

Clearly at home in testing conditions, the 12/1 chance was ridden with patience by Russell, who made stealthy headway from the rear to hit the front at the penultimate obstacle and storm away to win by 16 lengths.

Burrows Saint plugged on to win the battle for second, just ahead of Discorama, with favourite Articulum beaten a long way out.

"I said before the race I couldn't believe what price he was and he's a nice horse," said Elliott. "There are plenty of races to be won in Ireland and we can't send them all to Cheltenham, but we'll see."

The father and son pair of Adrian and Finny Maguire took the Matty Ryan Memorial Handicap Hurdle with Knockraha Pylyon (10/1), while Enda Bolger's Gilgamboa justified 6/4 favouritism under Nina Carberry in the closing hunters' chase.

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