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Happy New Year with connections after he took the fourth at Gowran
(Healy Racing Photos)
The Oliver McKiernan trained son of Flemensfirth put in a career best performance on his last start at Punchestown to finish just four and a half lengths second to Followmeuptocarlow.
He was well fancied to oblige this afternoon and having opened at 11/2 with Paddy Powers this morning he was backed into 9/2 before opening on-course at 3/1 and going off the 11/4 favourite.
Ridden by seven pound claimer Shane Crimin, he made virtually all and was pushed along in the early straight before keeping on well from before the last to record an easy five length success.
Oliver McKiernan, who was recording his ninth winner of the season, said afterwards: "That was a long time coming. We brought him to Punchestown around this time last year and we thought he wouldn't be beaten but he let us down badly. He let us down a few times since as well.
"I suppose you could describe him as a little bit of a rogue. That was his first time running over three miles and he wasn’t too tired at the finish.
"He will go for another handicap next and he will go back over fences."
(Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes)
The Arthur Moore trained Treat Yourself landed a gamble in the Join Gowran Park Race Club Today Handicap Hurdle providing his young jockey Gareth Malone with his fifth career success.