Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins combined to win with Bapaume
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By Bruce Jackson 1:18PM 26 DEC 2016
Report: Leopardstown, Monday
Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m, 3yo
BAPAUME took revenge on his Fairyhouse conqueror and JCB Triumph Hurdle favourite Landofhopeandglory thanks to an audacious move on the home bend from Ruby Walsh.
The first three home in a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse earlier this month again fought out the finish of this Grade 2 after Landofhopeandglory’s stablemate Zig Zag had set a strong pace that soon had the field strung out.
Landofhopeandglory moved easily along with Bapaume in tracking the leader but as he weakened Walsh made his winning move, squeezing through against the inside rail as Mark Walsh was forced to go wider round his stablemate.
Bapaume dug deep into the last and stretched his length lead on the run-in to win by a length and three-quarters with Mega Fortune, under pressure two out, staying on dourly for third, failing by only a short-head to catch Landofhopeandglory.
More to follow . . .
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