Naas report: Moulin A Vent hits 999-1 before snatching spoils

Sun 28 Jan 2018

By staff

Moulin A Vent scored a dramatic victory in the Woodlands Park 100 Club Novice Chase at Naas on Sunday.

Noel Meade's charge looked set for third place at best coming to the last fence where Jury Duty and Mossbank were locked in battle.

However, the later crashed out, leaving Jury Duty in front, but Moulin A Vent (7-2) was galvanised by Sean Flanagan to overhaul Gordon Elliott's runner in the closing stages and snatch an unlikely four-and-a-half-length verdict in this Grade Thee.

A few pounds were matched on him at 999-1 in-running on Betfair. More than £4,000 was traded on Jury Duty at the minimum price of 1.01.

Meade said: "There is no doubt that he has a lot of ability but he doesn't know how to jump. I don't know why as he's such a good mover.

"Sean said he jumps very flat and gets in under them. He made a bad mistake at the third last and that's where he got out of it.

Moulin A Vent Moulin A Vent was an unlikely winner at Naas (PA)

"I thought I was going to be third but he stays very well. Hopefully some day he'll get his jumping right and when he does he has a good engine.

"We put the blinkers on because at home he was throwing his head around and it got him to concentrate on the fences and what he was doing. Sean said he settled better with them and we'll leave them on.

"His owner is very keen that he goes to Cheltenham. The obvious race is the four-miler but whether you would put an amateur on him I don't know."

Moulin A Vent was cut to 20-1 from 25s by Paddy Power for the four-mile National Hunt Chase.

Sandsend put up a gritty display to wear down Forge Meadow and land Grade Three honours in the Limestone Lad Hurdle.

Forge Meadow made a gallant bid to make all the running and still held a narrow lead at the final flight which she jumped better than Sandsend.

Sandsend Sandsend was a game winner of the Limestone Lad Hurdle (PA)

The pair served up a treat on the run-in and it was the Willie Mullins-trained 11-4 shot who got the verdict by a neck in the hands of Paul Townend.

Mullins said: "He's settled a good bit since his run in Limerick where he was keen. Probably dropping back to two miles suited him better as they went a right good gallop.

"He's a fine, big, galloping horse, and could be nice over fences.

"It was only his third run, and he was very inexperienced against the horses he was meeting there. To be able to do that with the experience he had was very good.

"He should improve hugely from that and can go up a grade."

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