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Mount Ida: Now only 6-1 for Paddy Power Mares pursuit at Cheltenham in March

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By David Jennings

Saturday: Fairy house

Mount Ida was reduced to 6-1 from 10-1 for Paddy Power Mares’ Chase in Cheltenham by the sponsors after digging deep to land a vintage race from the John & Chich Fowler Memorial EBF Mares Chase and, while Gordon Elliott admitted that it would be hard to resist on such an attractive date, a Grand National crack is also very present on his radar.

The winner may have defied a 999-1 record to clinch the Kim Muir last season, but it was arguably the best display on Mount Ida to date. She gave 155-ranked Elimay 3 pounds, who was just hit by Colreevy in the last race of the Mares’ Chase, and she also had a Champion Chase winner in fifth.

That said, it wasn’t the same Put The Kettle On we know and love. She died completely and it was demoralizing to see her last come home, beaten by 42 lengths.

The two-time Cheltenham festival heroine was already in trouble when Mount Ida struck forward after penultimate and the 9-4 winner found plenty of pressure under a typically tenacious run from Davy Russell to score from a half -length.

Elliott said: “I thought of the Grand National for her, but you’ll have to watch the Mares’ Chase for her after that now.

“She’s a great mare and I’m happy for the boys [owners Dave Page and Dave Rabson of KTDA Racing] because it is the first day that they resume the race to see a winner. They are great supporters of Irish racing and the shipyard, and they will be a force in the future. “

The winning coach added: “She just kept improving. I guess Cheltenham is the first time she really showed it to us last year, she was brilliant at Clonmel on the last day and very good again. today, so she is improving all the time.

“After Cheltenham she had a really bad back and we treated her. She seems to be a different mare since then.”

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Gordon Elliott: "she just progressed"

Gordon Elliott: “She just kept going”

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Triple joy for Meyler

No one started 2022 better than Donagh Meyler.

The talented runner arrived at Fairyhouse in a lost run that stretched back to All Class in Punchestown the penultimate week of November, but he helped himself to a 198-1 hat-trick for three different coaches, so that the drought was quickly forgotten.

The first stage of the hat trick was on Carrig Sam, coached by Arthur Moore, in the first hurdle, then he won both divisions of the 3m handicap hurdle on Where’s Frankie and Full Noise.

Boogie time for the Mullins star

Jungle Boogie remains undefeated and has finished impressively three of three times in the beginners pursuit at 2m5f, the second leg of a discounted double for Willie Mullins and Sean O’Keeffe, who previously teamed up to win the obstacle for mares with the exciting Allegory De Vassy.

Assistant coach David Casey liked what he saw of Jungle Boogie and said: “It was very impressive, obviously he was a little shaky in training, but he has a huge engine.

“Pursuing was always going to be his game. Obviously we would have preferred to have more races against him before now. Hopefully we can keep him in one piece and move forward with him.”

Naughtinesse on the best behavior

There was a fitting conclusion to the card as Naughtinesse won the bumper for Lorna Fowler, daughter of John and Chich, whose main race was named.

Fowler said: “It’s a great day. Sometimes you have a day with a little bit of feeling, like today with the Fowler race, and you think it would be great if all went well, and that’s the case.

“We will stay in the bumpers and, all is well, she will go to the Dublin Racing Festival now.”

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Lorna Fowler: a winner worthy of the name

Lorna Fowler: a winner worthy of the name

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There was an unpleasant incident at the end of the beginners chase at 2m5f as a runner threw his drink at Gran Paradiso as the gray crossed the line in third position.

The runner was immediately spotted by security and sent off, and luckily Grand Paradis was fine.

Fairyhouse manager Peter Roe said of the incident: “The rider was identified immediately and escorted off the scene. Fortunately, no one was injured and the horse was fine.

“We have details of the rider in question and the appropriate authorities have been advised. The case will be fully investigated.

“There is no room for that kind of behavior on the racetracks on what was otherwise a very successful day.”

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