Review Gowran Park 16th Feb

Sat 16th Feb 2013, 17:50

So Young leads Zaidpour over the last in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle
©Healy Racing Photos

Willie Mullins saddled a one-two in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park, but apparent first string Zaidpour had to settle for second behind So Young.

The odds-on favourite appeared to have recovered from a bad mistake in the back straight when moving up stylishly to press Arnaud two out, but So Young was never far away in behind.

David Casey's mount (11-4) hit the front coming to the last and showed a good turn of foot to pull six lengths clear of his stablemate on the run to the line for his first victory of the season.

Djakadam (4-7 favourite) had earlier struck for Mullins and Paul Townend in the opening Shantou At Burgage Stud Maiden Hurdle.

The four-year-old French import never saw another rival in the two-mile contest, jumping stylishly at the head of affairs before drawing 14 lengths clear of Ibsen, who was in second throughout.

Vics Canvas has had his problems and was off the track for well over a year and a half, but he made the wait worthwhile when he took the Man v's Beast turn2me.org Challenge Handicap Hurdle.

Dermot McLoughlin's 10-year-old (4-1 co-favourite), who put up an encouraging show on his return at Naas last month, joined Sumkindasuprstar in the lead two out and pulled clear to win by seven lengths under Conor Maxwell.

Eoin Doyle's versatile Lookoutnow (2-1 favourite) has been in great form this winter and completed a hat-trick in the Holden Plant Rentals Handicap Hurdle, leading for most of the way and finding plenty for Mikey Butler to beat Gates Of Rome by two lengths.

Ronnie O'Neill's Kymin's Way (7-2) battled on with great courage to take the Ronan Lawlor Memorial Mares Flat Race, holding on by three-quarters of a length, while Moses McCabe's Vic Dancer (12-1) resisted Romantic Fashion by a short head in a thrilling finish to the Join Us For Kilkenny GAA Day Mares Flat Race.

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.

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