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Green shoots to the top for McNamara

Eric McNamara's Little Green opened her account over obstacles with a determined success in the Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

The 13-2 chance had filled the runner-up spot on her latest appearance at Thurles and was produced to challenge at the final flight by Paul Townend.

Chaperoned tried to keep tabs on Little Green on the run to the line, but the latter saw it out strongly to record a two-length success.

"She stayed on well the last day at Thurles to be second to a good horse of Edward O'Grady's in Ruler Of All," said McNamara.

"We thought after that she'd be plenty good enough to win a maiden and we were just hoping to make the frame today, get a bit of black type and then go back for a maiden.

"To win is a real bonus. She won't go to Cheltenham or Aintree. Fairyhouse and Punchestown would be possibilities and she could go back on the Flat at some stage too."

There was drama in the I.T.B.A. Fillies Scheme Novice Hurdle as first-past-the-post Stephanie Kate (7-4 favourite) was relegated to second in favour of original runner-up Definite Class following interference going to the last.

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