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Mark Nunan

Mark Nunan

McAlpine makes the breakthrough at 20/1

Mon 20th Sep 2021, 15:16

McAlpine and Paddy O'Hanlon jump the last
© Photo Healy Racing

McAlpine sprang a 20/1 surprise in the first division of the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle.

The Robin Des Champs gelding, a maiden after 17 previous starts over hurdles coming into this and making his first appearance in over four months, hit the front travelling strongly on the home turn under 7lb claimer Paddy O’Hanlon.

Soon clear, he was untidy at the final flight but had enough in hand to beat Darkened by a length and a quarter.

Winning trainer Philip Rothwell was recording his twelfth winner of the season and said: "I was expecting him to run well but thought he might have needed it because he hasn't ran since May. We had a little job done with him in May and it seems to have worked.

"He had been working well at home and we were very happy with him although he is a horse who carries a little bit of condition so can be deceiving. Oliver (Barden, owner) actually mentioned to me today that he was looking on the heavier side but I was happy with him. He is quite gross and always carries a bit of condition.

"He has been hugely disappointing and has been second and placed I don't know how many times. He was always beaten by good horses on the day."

Quotes from Thomas Weekes

1st
20/1
Tote €22.10 €4.10
2nd
1.25L
10/1
€2.30
3rd
4L
20/1
€4.30
4th
1L
7/2
€1.40
bf
2L
5/2Fav