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Oscars' return to winning ways delights Harrington


Jessica Harrington's Cailin Annamh won for the fifth time in her last seven starts

Jessica Harrington's Cailin Annamh won for the fifth time in her last seven starts

Jessica Harrington's Cailin Annamh won for the fifth time in her last seven starts

High-class hurdler Oscars Well made a pleasing debut over fences with a convincing victory in the Book New Years Eve Panoramic Restaurant Beginners Chase at Punchestown.

Robbie Power had the Jessica Harrington-trained seven-year-old handily placed in fourth as Hi Big Man, Darwins Fox and Willowhill Warrior cut out the running.

Jumping into the lead with the minimum of fuss at the third-last, the 1/2 favourite was never out of second gear as he scored by 12 lengths from Darwins Fox, with Plan A a never-dangerous third.

Harrington said: "That was a lovely introduction. It's great to get a win having not won at all last season -- when they haven't won for that long you start to worry a bit.

"I couldn't believe how good he was jumping, and Robbie said either long or short he was great.

"I'd say he'll go for the Drinmore (Fairyhouse, December 2) now and he probably won't run again until then as he's best fresh."

Andrew Lynch brought up a treble at odds of over 20/1 when Clonbanan Lad, successful 'between the flags' and in bumpers when with Mikey O'Connor, convincingly landed the Follow Us On Facebook & Twitter Maiden Hurdle on his first outing for Henry de Bromhead.

Lynch, who had already scored on Buckers Bridge and Mr Goodenough, was soon to the fore on Clonbanan Lad and in the end he had three lengths in hand on only serious market rival, Operating.

With Shattered Dream and Ravensbury failing to do themselves justice, the Maiden Hurdle was thrown wide open and Jupitor made the most of the opportunity under Michael Doran.

Paul Nolan's runner, closely related to winners such as Heavy Hustler, Ceannairceach, Dizzy's Dream and Yarra Maguire, was all out at the finish to hold off fellow 11/2 shot Fergiethelegend by a neck, with Whatdreamsrmadeof 16 lengths further back in third.

Useful chaser Last Time D'Albain benefitted from a recent effort at Cork to make the most of a favourable rating over timber in the Panoramic Restaurant Handicap Hurdle under Ruby Walsh.

The former point-to-pointer has been a great servant to the Fontstown Syndicate and Liam Cusack and he made the bookmakers pay again at 7/4.

Cusack explained: "The ground dried out a bit at Cork and it developed into a bit of a sprint. It was great to get that win and make use of his handicap mark over hurdles."

Irish Independent