Review leopardstown 25th Jan

Sun 25th Jan 2009, 16:00

Brave Inca brought the house down with a display full of his trademark battling qualities to land the Toshiba Irish Champion Hurdle.

The 11-year-old, sent off the 11-4 second favourite, had Hardy Eustace for company as they touched down in front over the second-last, but Sublimity and Muirhead looked big dangers.

Sublimity's effort petered out on the rain-softened ground and it was Muirhead who posed the biggest threat, but Colm Murphy's old warrior showed he is still as tough as they come as he found loads for pressure up the run-in.

Ruby Walsh punched the air asp>Brave Inca crossed the line to capture the big prize for the second time by three-quarters of a length from Muirhead, with River Liane third and Sublimity fourth.

Golden Silver came out best in a war of attrition with Forpadydeplasterer to take the Arkle Perpetual Challenge Cup Novice Chase.

Well backed despite being the outsider of Willie Mullins' duo in the Grade One contest,p>Golden Silver (9-1) was going best of the quartet turning into the straight, but hadn't shaken off Forpadydeplasterer.

They jumped the final fence together and after a thrilling duel Paul Townend's mount lasted home best to win by a head, with his stablemate Jayo last after two bad errors.

Roberto Goldback (16-1) stayed on best of all in the conditions to win the Grade Two Synergy Security Services Novice Hurdle.

Jessica Harrington's seven-year-old, having only his second run over timber, hit the front approaching the last under Barry Geraghty and was driven out to beat Weapon's Amnesty by two lengths.

The Foxrock Handicap Chase produced another thrilling finish, with Ruby Walsh forcing Conem up on the line after a three-way battle.

Top-weight Central House made a brave attempt to make all and led over the last, but he was overhauled by Major Sensation in the last 50 yards before Conem (6-1) snatched the prize.

Edward O'Grady's Alexander Severus (9-2) stepped up on his eyecatching debut third over Christmas to take the Frank Conroy Memorial Maiden Hurdle.

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