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Panther Claw (nearest) and Rich Revival jump the last together before the latter goes on to score
(Healy Racing Photos)
Liz Doyle produced Rich Revival fighting fit off a 623-day lay-off to take the New Value Hospitality Packages At Fairyhouse Beginners Chase.
The eight-year-old had not seen a racecourse since finishing unplaced in a maiden hurdle at Gowran in April of 2011, and was also jumping fences for the first time, but he was far from friendless in the market and went off a 10-1 chance.
Brian O'Connell chased joint-favourite Panther Claw coming down the straight and after the duo jumped the last together, it was Rich Revival who found the most for pressure to win by a length and a quarter.
Willie Mullins looked to have found a nice opportunity for Apt Approach (11-8 favourite) in the Follow Fairyhouse On Twitter Rated Hurdle and so it proved, the classy chaser leading going to the last under Paul Townend and holding Prince Rudi by a length.
Mags and Danny Mullins teamed up in the Christmas Party Raceday At Fairyhouse Mares Maiden Hurdle with Oscars Joy (7-1), who settled down for a fight with Caoimhe's Delight and battled hard to get the better of her rival by a length and a half.
Robertstown Rover (11-1), racing from 6lb out of the handicap but with Mark Enright taking off 5lb, was prominent throughout to win the New Years Day 2013 At Fairyhouse Handicap Chase, and Tim Carroll delivered a well-timed challenge to take the Fairyhouse Membership 2013 Handicap Hurdle on Speed Dial (4-1 favourite).
Patrick Mullins is now just one winner away from equalling the amateur rider's record tally in a calendar year, as he partnered City Slicker to win the last at Fairyhouse this afternoon, the Merry Christmas from Fairyhouse INH Flat Race.