fairyhouse 1st Jan
Western Leader and Andrew McNamara
(Healy Racing Photos)
Western Leader showed tremendous battling abilities to come out on top in the Ratoath Community Beginners Chase at Fairyhouse.
Involved in a duel for the lead for much of the race with Golanbrook, the 7-2 chance looked to have come out second best in that duel rounding the home turn.
Speed Dial produced a strong late surge to land the richest race on the card, the Start The New Year At Fairyhouse Handicap Hurdle.
King Of Firth produced a game effort from the front to land the New Year Maiden Hurdle.
Annie Oakley struck with an impressive finishing burst to land the Bobbyjo Bistro Mares Maiden Hurdle.
Always to the fore under Robbie Power, the 3-1 chance took over in front at the second last and a slick leap at the final flight was enough for her to come three and a half lengths clear of Queen Of The Hill.
The 6-4 favourite edged into the lead at the second-last and cruised clear, eventually recording an eight-length verdict over Miss Xian.
Tarquinius quickly followed up on his win at Leopardstown on Saturday as he took the Fairyhouse Members Handicap Chase providing his jockey David O’Leary with his first racecouse winner.