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The White Volcano more than Goose Man can cope with

The White Volcano (Conor Maxwell) leads Goose Man (Bryan Cooper) homeThe White Volcano (Conor Maxwell) leads Goose Man (Bryan Cooper) home
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A gamble on Goose Man (11/4 into 6/4) was foiled by The White Volcano (8/1) in the French Village Novice Handicap Hurdle at Down Royal.

Goose Man was slightly awkward on landing at the last and the John Woods-trained and Conor Maxwell-ridden The White Volcano went on to keep the market-leader at bay by a length and a quarter.

"He stayed on well; he won a point-to-point over three miles on that sort of ground," said Woods.

"We were expecting a good run on that ground. Hopefully he'll be out again soon.

"Conor (Maxwell) gave him a lovely ride and he was very confident on him.

"The owner (Philip White) has a big tyre place in Armagh."

(MG & EM)