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Flemenstar is set to have a scan next week as connections seek to discover the extent of the problem that ruled him out of the John Durkan Chase at Punchestown.
It had only been a fortnight since we'd seen Crafted Mastery (well-backed even money favourite) whilst in the case of her stable companion Kaminari (4/1) her last run had been back in September. That may have explained their respective positions in the betting but in this case it was the Ger Lyons 'number two' that got the job done in the hands of Emmet McNamara.
Sire Collonges clung on in a thrilling Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham for trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Ryan Mahon.
William Thompson has been riding plenty of winners 'between the flags' down south in recent times but he was back 'up north' today to partner the promising James to victory in the concluding Downpatrick Christmas Party Hunters Chase.
Slew Charm recorded just his second career win on his fiftieth start, as he took the Downpatrick Handicap Chase under Noel McParlan for Banbridge trainer Sarah Dawson.
Foildubh will go for the Lexus Chase over Christmas, but only if Paul Carberry is available to ride him.
Kylecrue got off the mark over hurdles at Clonmel last Thursday, and the John Ryan trained gelding followed up this afternoon by taking the Seasons Greetings Beginners Chase.
James Barcoe recorded his first winner in the training ranks as Allez Vic (a half-brother to the brilliant timber topper Dato Star) justified favouritism by taking the Happy Christmas Handicap Hurdle.
Seven pound claiming amateur Rachel Blackmore showed plenty of strength to get 14/1 chance Maple Valley Gold home from Seancill Oir (Kevin Sexton) in the Bet With The Bookies Mares Maiden Hurdle at Downpatrick.
The 'babies' in the first may have found the closing stages tough work at Downpatrick but there wasn't a bit of that for Gigginstown House Stud's Arnaud (4/5) who made things look very simple in the Customer Care Christmas Hurdle.
Nicky Henderson can start directing Oscar Whisky towards the Jewson Novices' Chase at the Festival meeting in March after watching the star hurdler get off the mark over fences at Cheltenham.
The opening race at Downpatrick, the I.N.H. Stallion Owners European Breeders Fund Maiden Hurdle boiled down to a match between the dominant pair in the market, Royal Captain and Rasco (Leslie Young and Robbie Moran), from the third last hurdle. Ultimately it was the latter that proved victorious.
This Saturday's greyhound racing meet at Curraheen Park in Cork will be a fundraiser for the Injured Jockey Fund, with the feature race being the Injured Jockey Fund A2 575 Race, with €500 and a trophy for the winner.
A cheque for over 800,000 euros will be presented to the Jockeys Emergency Fund at Limerick on December 28.
Lucy Alexander is facing a spell on the sidelines after sustaining fractures to her chin and jaw in a fall at Newcastle on Thursday.
At Fairyhouse (Saturday) it's good to yielding whilst Navan (Sunday) is good, good to yielding in places (chase) and good to yielding, good in places (hurdle).
Flaming Dawn, runner-up on his last two starts, made no mistake today as he ran out an easy winner of the concluding bumper at Tramore.
11.30 Rosebay Willow
2.40 Iron Spirit
1.45 Garamor Boy , Boherna Lady , Better Back Bob
2.50 Imperial Joey
3.20 Davy From Milan
7.15 Bumble Bee Slim
7.45 Golden Shoe
10.55 Stand Of Glory
11.55 Moodhill , Jamhoori
12.45 Phase Shift
1.05 Entertain Me
1.40 Fourth Estate , Western Approaches
2.10 Emperor's Choice
5.55 Stoneacre Hull
6.25 Lutine Charlie , Minimee
6.55 Stanlow , Arte Del Calcio
1.30 Until The Man
2.00 Raging Bear
3.35 Errigal Lad
Willie Mullins takes the wraps off a couple of exciting chasing prospects at Fairyhouse.
Smart chasing prospect Arnaud returns to action over timber in the Customer Care Christmas Hurdle at Downpatrick.
Charles Byrnes' promising young chaser Arnaud returned to action with an impressive victory in the Customer Care Christmas Hurdle at Downpatrick.
The decision to turn Gold Patrol out again quickly paid dividends when he ran out a ready winner of the Friends Of Shay Barry Novice Handicap Hurdle at Tramore.
Joseph O'Brien was in excellent form as he rode a 259-1 four-timer at Dundalk on Wednesday evening.
Arvika Ligeonniere recorded a bloodless victory in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase after stable companion Sir Des Champs crashed out of the race in a third-fence fall.