Mitchouka back in the winning groove at Fairyhouse

Sat 13 Jan 2018

Mitchouka stamped his class on the Promote Your Business At Fairyhouse In 2018 Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

After winning two of his first three starts over timber, Gordon Elliott's charge had finished second to leading juvenile Espoir D'Allen at this track before getting closer to that rival when third at Leopardstown last time.

Sent off the even-money favourite in this, he hardly gave Davy Russell a moment's concern and quickened away nicely after the last to beat stablemate Veneer Of Charm by eight lengths.

Elliott said: "He's a grand honest horse and hasn't done anything wrong all year. He ran up against a good horse of Gavin (Cromwell)'s (Espoir D'Allen) a few times.

"He's probably a horse more for the Fred Winter but as long as he keeps picking up prize-money we're happy.

"The Fred Winter is only about half a stone between top and bottom now, and you can't be clever in handicaps there anymore because you won't get in if you are!

"He'll be entered in Leopardstown (Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle) and we'll see where we go."

Minnies Secret made it two wins on the spin with victory in the Book Easter Festival Tickets Online At Mares Maiden Hurdle.

Charles Byrnes' 6-5 favourite was never far off the pace under Donal McInerney and after asserting herself at the second last, just had to be kept up to her work to beat Tara Dylan by four and a quarter lengths.

Byrnes said: "She got a small bit outpaced near the third last and probably needs two and a half (miles).

"I'm told there is a Listed race here in two weeks and she might as well take her chance in it now."

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