Russian Regent delivers

Sat 16th Mar 2013, 17:47

photoRussian Regent, right, comes to take Mourne Paddy at Down Royal
©Healy Racing Photos
By Michael Graham
Barry O'Neill got a great tune out of Russian Regent in The Daily Mirror Hunters Chase over two and a half miles at Down Royal.

The 5/1 shot kept on best after the last to deprive front-running Mourne Paddy (11/4) by three parts of a length.

The heavy ground was a concern as O'Neill confirmed afterwards: "The ground was against him. He's better on good ground but he gave me a good spin and his class got him through."

This was Russian Regent's first track success after four victories 'between the flags'. The nine-year-old son of Moscow Society is trained by Cecil Ross.

It was a further six and a half lengths back to Crude in third at 14/1.

Johnnyofcourse was sent off 5/2 favourite for Brian Hamilton and Noel McParlan but he was pulled up before the last.

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There is not much attention given to national hunt racing in the summer months, by punters or by the media. It is, of course, understandable given that our attention is focused on the flat season: the action at Royal Ascot, the Classics and the rest of the elements that define the summer racing season. Some punters might have a dabble at an ante post bet for Cheltenham next year, but by and large we forget about it until the autumn.

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