Saturday 21 April 2018

Toner stars at Fairyhouse

Davy Russell. Photo: Getty Images
Davy Russell. Photo: Getty Images

Toner D'Oudairies got favourite-backers off to a flying start when landing the opening contest on a star-studded card at Fairyhouse.

Supporters of the 8-11 shot had little to worry about as the Gordon Elliott-trained three-year-old ran out a cosy winner of the Bar One Racing Juvenile 3-Y-O Hurdle.

Davy Russell bided his time on the youngster as first Ainm Spartacus and then Fearless Falcon made the running.

Russell decided to act approaching the second-last and took Toner D'Oudairies to the front, after which the race was over.

The market leader pulled away to land a comfortable success from Kalann, who stayed on strongly to grab second place from Fearless Falcon.

The winner was cut from 33-1 to 25-1 for the Triumph Hurdle with Stan James and remained unchanged at 25s with Paddy Power.

Elliott said: "He's a big, slow horse who'll be a grand chaser in time. He jumps like a horse who'll jump a fence.

"As long as he keeps doing what he's doing he'll be grand.

"He'll go to Leopardstown at Christmas next (for the Grade Two Bord na Mona Fire Magic Juvenile Hurdle).

"I don't know if he's a Cheltenham horse yet. The ground there could be on the quick side for him."

Zaidpour maintained his unbeaten record over obstacles with a superb performance in the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle.

The French recruit had made an impressive start under the tutelage of Willie Mullins at Punchestown last month, and was strongly backed into 4-7 favouritism to follow up.

Given a confident ride by Paul Townend, the four-year-old eased into contention before the turn for home and was travelling ominously well once they straightened up.

He slightly pitched on landing after jumping the second-last, but soon zipped away from Perfect Smile, easing clear after the last to score by 12 lengths.

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