Windermere Lord's It Over Rivals

Sat 29th Dec 2012, 13:59

Lord Windermere jumps the last just ahead of Star Neuville By Alan Magee
Lord Windermere, a three-time winner over hurdles last season including a Listed event at Punchestown, opened his account over fences in the Ballymaloe Country Relish Beginners Chase.

The Jim Culloty-trained gelding was produced to challenge at the last by Tom Doyle, and the 9/4 favourite kept on well on the run-in to beat the staying on Marasonnien (5/2), who appeared to get outpaced early in the straight, by two lengths.

The always prominent Star Neuville (12/1) could find no extra on the run-in to finish a further length and a half back in third.

Culloty said, “He ran two blinding races over fences before this. He’ll get three miles in time but, on this ground, I didn’t want to subject him to a gruelling race.

“I’ll chat with the owner to see where we go but over that distance he’s only getting going at the end. He handles that ground well, and I won’t run him on fast ground. He’s got a bright future.”

Sizing takes Gold on third start over hurdles

After finishing second on his first two outings over hurdles, Sizing Gold got it right on the third attempt as he took the Ryans Cleaning 2m 4f Maiden Hurdle under Andrew Lynch for Henry De Bromhead.