Lastoftheleaders (left) and Davy Russell lead over the last
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By Thomas Weekes
Trainer Arthur Moore will have gained plenty satisfaction winning the race named in his father's honour, the Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase at Punchestown today, with Lastoftheleaders who completed a double on the day for jockey Davy Russell.
The Champion Jockey, earlier successful on 25/1 chance Born In Fire but beaten on Don Cossack in the Grade 2 hurdle, was a notable booking on Moore's gelding, having been allowed 'off' his retained owner Gigginstown House Stud's Far Away So Close in the race.
< Lastoftheleaders was returned 12/1 and benefited from Russell's move along the inner approaching the final fence. The pair stayed on well to defeat Alderwood by two and a quarter lengths.
Trainer Moore was in France but his son J.D. Moore later stated “obviously we're delighted to win this race and it's a lovely pot to win. Lastoftheleaders' owners have been very good and have stuck with him even though he's had a lot of niggly problems.”
Quotes from Alan Magee