Alainn takes Fairyhouse prize

Cailin Alainn produced a decent turn of foot to lift the Grade Three Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund (Mares) Novice Hurdle Championship Final at Fairyhouse.

Cailin Alainn produced a decent turn of foot to lift the Grade Three Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund (Mares) Novice Hurdle Championship Final at Fairyhouse.

The Adrian Maguire-trained Celestial Wave had been all the rage before the race but despite making a bold bid from the front under Nina Carberry, the 7-4 favourite could not deal with the late thrust of Charles Byrnes’ winner.

Cailin Alainn, sent off a 12-1 shot, was produced late by Barry Cash after being out the back in the early stages and powered home by two lengths from Celestial Wave.

La Marianne stayed on for third a further four and a half lengths adrift.

Vic Venturi (5-1) got the better of a thrilling duel with Mounthenry to claim the Grade Two Rathbarry and Glenview Studs Festival Novice Hurdle.

Trainer Philip Fenton sent out Sher Beau to win the two-and-a-half-mile contest last year and Vic Venturi followed up in the hands of Tony McCoy.

Mounthenry was settled off the pace by Andrew McNamara and took time to warm to his task in the straight but a good leap at the second last left him with every chance.

However, McCoy galvanised Vic Venturi for one last lunge and the six-year-old just got up by half a length.

Thyne Again travelled well for a long way and stayed on to finish third.

“That’s Tony’s first ride for me,” said Fenton.

“Davy Russell has done all the work on the horse at home but he knew he would have to ride Thyne Again so I was delighted when McCoy became available.

“The horse didn’t help AP by jumping left throughout and he looked to have it all to do turning in but he battled on well.

“I gave him a three-week break after he finished second at Naas on his last run and he really blossomed during it.

“We’ll treat Punchestown with caution now, we’ll see how he comes out of this.

“He’ll go over fences next year. He’s already schooled on the racecourse and he has won a point-to-point.”

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