Apt Approach records his seventh success
Apt Approach & Paul Townend (right) on their way to victory with eventual third Earlson Gray on the left
(Healy Racing Photos)
The 9yo son of Bob Back (second winner at Fairyhouse for that sire after Canaly) won three chases in-a-row last season but was then beaten on his subsequent three starts in high class contests.
Making his seasonal reappearance this afternoon and his first start over hurdles since May of 2009, he was sent off the 11/8 favourite.
He tracked the leaders in the early stages and made some jumping errors along the way. He went second at the second last and he was soon pushed along to lead.
Willie Mullins said afterwards of his seven time winning gelding: "He was suited by conditions. I think he has only had two runs over hurdles and we will keep him over hurdles now if we can. We will try and find another conditions race for him next."
(Additional reporting by Gary Carson)
Robertstown Rover recorded her fourth career success as she took the New Years Day At Fairyhouse Handicap Chase under Mark Enright for trainer Kevin McDonagh.