Sweeney calls Tune as Mikael blunders
Sweeney Tunes and Davy Russell cosy winners
(Healy Racing Photos)
Mikael D'Haguenet was sent off 4/7 favourite for the two-and-a-half mile contest and things looked to be going to plan as he took closer order before the fifth last.
He lost all chance three out, however as he blundered and sprawled badly on landing.
Charlies Vic came through form the rear to throw down a challenge at the last but the Gigginstown horse pulled out plenty of the run-in to assert for a three-and-a-half victory under Davy Russell.
p>Mikael D'Haguenet did well to stay on again in the closing stages and secure third place.
The Paul Nolan-trained winner had just been touched off in a competitive Leopardstown handicap last month and was sent off 3/1 second choice in the market today.
“It's nice to win these Grade 2s but at the end of the dayp>Mikael D'Haguenet looked like he would have sluiced in,” admitted Nolan.
“He's entered in the Pulteney Land Investments Novice Handicap Chase at Cheltenham but he was given a mark over 140 so he's not eligible for that.
“He's in some of the open handicaps at Cheltenham but running this close to the festival is not ideal so we might look at the Irish National instead.”
(Additional reporting by Alan Magee)
Trainer Colm Murphy hopes Quito De La Roque will be back in full work this week after being ruled out of Saturday's Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse due to lameness.