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Thursday 22 March 2018

New Phase upsets the odds at Cork track

NEW Phase upset smart chasers Psycho and Kempes over the smaller obstacles to complete back-to-back victories in the Follow Us On Facebook Hurdle at Cork.

Dermot Weld's runner, ridden by Robbie McNamara, came through to lead before the final two flights and score in good style.

Last season's Leopardstown Hennessy winner Kempes took it up at the third-last but had nothing more to give when headed and had to settle for third place.

Psycho rallied to claim second, two and a quarter lengths behind the 7-2 winner.

"It was a very good performance by horse and rider," said the trainer's son and also winning owner, Kris Weld.

"New Phase probably doesn't get the credit he deserves. He's a very good horse and the older he gets the better he's handling the soft ground.

"Today was the plan and we hadn't looked beyond that. He jumped well."

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