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Sandsend too tough for Forge Meadow in Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas

Sun 28 Jan 2018

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

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.

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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