Wedding Present is a tenacious sort
Wedding Present holds off the challenge of Super Mix
(Healy Racing Photos)
A fortnight ago today Fennessy was enjoying the ride on Sean O'Brien's Golantilla at Cork but for the same stable here he had to exert quite a bit more energy.
When the Mullins favourite, Super Mix attacked from the quarter mile pole an air of inevitability may have hung in the air.
However Wedding Present wasn't having any of it and despite colliding with the rail inside the last, the successful Close Conflict gelding saw out the two mile three furlong trip really well to triumph by a length and a half.
O’Brien explained: "He had a great run at Leopardstown and I knew he would handle the ground because he handled it in his point-to-point.
"He travelled well too on nicer ground at Leopardstown - they called it soft there but it wasn't that soft.
"The further he goes the better. He could come back here for a winners of one in three weeks time or he could run in a maiden hurdle on the same card." (GC & EM)
He'd been showing consistent form but Reality Dose (8s into 13/2) hardly looked a winner waiting to happen. However he belied that notion in no uncertain terms when dropping to the minimum trip – emphatically taking the Cheltenham Trial Day 24th February Handicap Chase at Naas under Declan Bates.