Newmill ran out a tired winner of the Paddy Fitzpatrick Memorial Novice Chase at Leopardstown this afternoon.
Tom O’Leary’s charge, one of the best novice hurdlers in Ireland last season, travelled well throughout the Grade Two contest behind pace-setter Strong Project.
The leader was far from fluent at the third-last fence and Barry Geraghty decided to kick for home aboard Newmill.
The 100-30 shot was quickly clear, but started to tire after the last fence and had just enough in reserve to hold off the renewed challenge of Strong Project by two lengths.
The 7-4 favourite Keepatem was never travelling particularly well but kept on to take third in the two-mile-five-furlong contest.