Alan Magee

Alan Magee

Flanagan finds the key to Fauguernon

Thu 26th Dec 2019, 17:22

Fauguernon and Sean Flanagan challenge Accidental Rebel (white cap) at the last
© Photo Healy Racing

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.”

THE IRISH TIMES