Saoirse lands hat-trick in style

Wed 5th Dec 2012, 14:40

photoSaoirse Dun and Paul Townend get a flyer
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Saoirse Dun landed the hat-trick in style when running out an easy winner of the Garryrichard Handicap Chase at Wexford.

Paul Townend settled the even-money favourite behind the leaders before hitting the front with a fine leap three from home.

The Philip Rothwell trained gelding soon had things in control and could afford to take it easy going to the final fence.

He went on to post a cosy 11-length success over Flamingos Gold.

The winner was supplementing recent wins at Naas and Thurles and running off a 4lb penalty today.

"He was 4lb well in (on his future rating) so we had to take our chance," said Rothwell.

"I thought the main danger was Lascalahall and when he was taken out it looked a weak opportunity.

"He seems on the up and up and we'll leave him alone now until Christmas. There is a race in Limerick for him over two-and-a-half but Paul says he wants further.

"He was rated 103 after his Thurles win so that puts him out of the 0-102 bracket."

(Addtional reporting by Thomas Weekes)

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