Farm Lands Treble For Russell

Thu 8th Nov 2012, 14:44

Home Farm making the running under Russell
©Healy Racing Photos
By Gary Carson
Home Farm galloped his rivals into submission as Davy Russell completed a treble at Thurles this afternoon.

Arthur Moore's charge made all to run out a comprehensive winner of the Cashel Maiden Hurdle.

The Presenting gelding was left clear when the well-backed Legal Exit (7/2 into 5/2), who had been ridden to get into contention, fell two out.

Admiral Hawke was slightly hampered by the faller and soon had no chance with the winner, who was driven clear.

<Home Farm went on to record a 17-length victory. The former point-to-point winner was sent off a 7/1 shot (from 9/1) after finishing mid-division in two starts over timber last year.

"That's job done," said Moore afterwards.

"I wanted to get that out of the way before he goes chasing. He had a slight problem after Leopardstown and we left him alone then.

"He'll go chasing now and should make a nice chaser in time. We decided to give him a run over hurdles for his confidence. It was always the plan to just have one hurdle run."

Moore also added that Russell had ridden a Cheltenham winner for owner Chris Jones on Tiger Cry (Grand Annual 2008).

7/4 favourite Dale Street, who was pulled up before two out, was found to have burst a blood vessel.

(Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes)

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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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