Benbulben off the mark over fences
Mount Benbulben and Davy Condon
(Healy Racing Photos)
Ably ridden by Davy Condon, the gelding, a high lcass novice hurdler last season, almost came to grief at the second fence and needed Condon's patience to get back into the race. Although untidy at stages, the 8/13 favourite coasted to the front before the final fence before recording an easy five lengths win over Mackeys Forge.
Afterwards Elliott stated “Mount Benbulben has got a right engine if we can get his jumping right. He is a bit sketchy and it was a good performance considering he was nearly on the ground (at the second fence).
“We'll look for something over Christmas and he's entered in the three miles Grade 1 Fort Leney Chase at Leopardstown and he'd have no trouble staying that trip.”
Further reporting from Alan Magee
Countrywide Flame (11/4) was an impressive winner of the Grade One StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.