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Giantofaman on top

Dessie Hughes claimed the Boylesports Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle at Thurles for the third successive year as Giantofaman made all the running under a well-judged ride from Paul Carberry.

Hughes' latest candidate appeared to have his work cut out against the Willie Mullins-trained 5/6 favourite Urano and appeared a sitting duck when the pack closed up before the home turn.

However, Carberry had clearly left something in the tank as the 7/1 shot opened again once asked to lengthen and winged the final flight to seal an eight-length triumph from Gallant Tipp. Urano was a disappointing sixth.

Irish Independent