Fauguernon and Sean Flanagan challenge Accidental Rebel (white cap) at the last
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Fauguernon, a three-time winner on the Flat in France including at Listed level, opened his account for current connections in the ultra-competitive Holden Plant Rentals Novice Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown.
Trained for Gigginstown by Noel Meade, the 9/1 chance was never too far from the pace in this 25-runner event and got the better of Accidental Rebel on the run-in to record a 1-2 for the owners.
Meade said, “He’s been a bit disappointing after coming from France. We thought he was going to be a decent horse and that’s the first time he’s won for us.
“Eddie (O’Leary) said to Sean (Flanagan) before the race to try and find the key to him and I said if you can find it then turn it!
“He’s probably not the quickest horse in the world but despite that I’d say two miles is far enough for him.”