Dreaper eyes National entry for Cadogan
JIM Dreaper's Cadogan could go for the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday after running out a game winner of the featured EBF Novice H'cap Chase at navan yesterday.
"He's had a couple of sessions of leg trouble -- his half-brother Mely Moss was the same and he was second in an Aintree Grand National," Dreaper said of his 16/1 shot. "Cadogan will get an entry in the Irish National."
Keith Donoghue's mount was completing a near-76/1 double on the card for Dreaper, who had seen his Go All The Way capture the opener under Andrew Lynch after fending off Rear View, ridden by Robbie Power.
Power enjoyed better fortune on Liam Burke's My Murphy (11/1), which got up on the line to beat Marasonnien and Ruby Walsh by a neck in the EBF Novice Hurdle.
Walsh had his charge to the fore in the testing 2m 7f novice hurdle race and looked to have enough in reserve after kicking on after the last. However, Power and My Murphy came with a late flourish up the hill to get up.
Noel Meade's Protaras landed a gamble in the two-mile maiden hurdle as the blinkered gelding needed all of Paul Carberry's assistance to hold off the fast finishing favourite Simon Gray and Giant's Quest in a thriller.
The winner was the subject of major on-course support from 5/1 into 11/4.