How dramatic was that?
Mikael D'Haguenet not surprisingly came to a standstill after this slither on landing at the last
In contrast, Mount Benbulben didn't jump with much fluency, but he was bang there with a real chance when eventually paying the penalty at the third last.
< Mikael D'Haguenet was soon in command but he gave his supporters heart palpations with a mistake two out.
Worse was to come though for Willie Mullins' gelding as he was brought to a standstill by slithering on landing at the last (something of a case of déjà vu in relation to his exit at the final fence in the Drinmore Chase in 2010).
Willie Mullins explained of Mikael D'Haguenet: "We took the bold option of making the running. He'd been schooling well at home and I was delighted with the way he jumped earlier in the race.
"I didn't dream that the going was going to be that testing. I'd say race fitness just caught him out." (AM & EM)
Seabass and Miley Shah competed at the November meeting at Ballinaboola in 2011 whilst Brindisi Breeze won a divide of the five and six year old geldings maiden at Loughrea over twelve months ago. Winners from the 2012 editions of those County Wexford and Galway meetings, were the headline-makers from last evening's Brightwells Sale at Cheltenham.