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November success for Dessie - 3rd December 2013

Congratulations to Dessie Hughes on his success in the month of November. It began in the Corrib Food Products Maiden Hurdle 5yo at Galway with Afterclass under R Loughran taking 2nd place from three lengths back, and was three-quarters of a length in front of the favourite. Pink Coat was 3rd in the Brown Lad Handicap Hurdle (Grade C) 4yo in Naas, 1.56 lengths behind the winner under Bryan Cooper. Thunder and Roses was 4th in the #10 Admission To Non Festival Maiden Hurdle 4yo under Bryan Cooper, two and a quarter lengths back in Punchestown. Si C’etait Vrai was 2nd in the Ballymore Christmas Fair Beginners Steeplechase 4yo also in Punchestown under Davy Russell. White Star Line the 4/5 favourite won the Wilderness Steeplechase 4yo in Clonmel. He began chasing the leader and moved closer throughout the 2m4f and “hit the front on the turn in”, taking the lead by two lengths under Bryan Cooper. Bryan said afterwards, “He wants three miles and I didn’t want to get done for toe coming down the hill so I sent him on...He jumped great and he did the job well. I think there could be another big one in him. A staying chase over three miles plus would be right up his alley...He’s only starting to show the ability now that he has, especially after getting his head in front...Dessie mentioned earlier in the week that a race like the Beecher Chase could be a possible.” In Down Royal, Apache Jack was two lengths back in 3rd in the Eventsec Maiden Hurdle 4yo plus under Bryan Cooper, with Guitar Pete winning the Value Cabs 3YO Hurdle by seven lengths again under jockey Bryan Cooper. Trainer Dessie said afterwards, “That was good; I thought the ground might have been a bit quick but he jumped and travelled today”. Bryan said, “The horse that beat him at Gowran got a 'freebie' and in fairness to Guitar Pete, he is getting better. He'll either go to Fairyhouse in a month's time or Leopardstown at Christmas next and might be a Triumph Hurdle horse.”

At Fairyhouse he had a 2nd with Giantofaman in the Maiden Hurdle 4/5yo under Bryan Cooper. Again in Fairyhouse and under Bryan Cooper, they had a 1st with Father Jack in the Follow Us On Facebook Handicap Hurdle (Rated 80-102) 4yo plus. The joint favourite jumped into the lead from the second last fence and stayed strong in the final stages of the two and a half mile handicap hurdle, winning by three and a half lengths. The other joint favourite finished in third. Dessie said afterwards, “I’ll put that down to perseverance. He’s run some reasonable races and had his chances. He took advantage today...We’ll find another one as long as the handicapper is not too hard on him. It looks as if he’ll get three miles...He kept very wide as he doesn’t like heavy ground and it worked.” In Thurles, Wrath of Titans under JJ King was 1st in the Toboradora INH Flat Race 4/7yo, taking the lead from the second last fence and doing well under pressure from the last fence to win by half a length. Dessie said after, He showed a bit of bottle and that is what you want. He is a nice horse and we will find a maiden hurdle before Christmas and hopefully there will be a race for him around Christmas time then."

In Navan he had a 3rd with Indian Icon under Bryan Cooper in the Follow Navan On Facebook 3YO Maiden Hurdle. Minsk was also 3rd in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Steeplechase 4yo plus under Danny Mullins. Seefood was 3rd in Punchestown in the Punchestown Annual Membership #95 Hurdle 4yo plus under MA Enright. Guitar Pete was in Cheltenham in the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (Grade 2) 3yo (Class 1) under Bryan Cooper tracking the leaders from the start and keeping on the same pace to take 2nd place, three and three-quarter lengths behind. Lieutenant Colonel in his first bumper race was 1st in the Dick Grainger Memorial (P-A) INH Flat Race 4yo in Punchestown under JJ King for Gigginstown House Stud, settling mid-division and made headway to lead, powering on under pressure in the final furlong. Dessie said afterwards, “He’s a nice horse, he’s been working like a good horse but you never know with bumpers. He showed plenty of pace throughout the race. He quickened up well and he showed plenty of guts at the end. He was in front a bit early...He didn’t run in point-to-points as he was a bit backward last year so he did well to win first time. I don’t really like winners’ bumpers and there’s plenty of maiden hurdles for him over Christmas.”

Giantofaman was in Thurles under Bryan Cooper in the Munster (C&G) Maiden Hurdle 5yo plus. With his three previous outings being second, they were very pleased with this result especially with the blinkers on. He led from the start and kept the pace on the run in to win by a length and a quarter. Dessie said afterwards “It worked (the blinkers). He was lucky he met the last on a good stride and that was a big help to him...We decided that we may as well go on with him today as he wasn't going to come from behind...He doesn't seem to like passing horses – mind you he doesn't like them passing him either...At least now we have the maiden hurdle out of the way. He never shows any quirks at home." Tiger Trek was 2nd again under Bryan Cooper in the Santa Train At Gowran Park Novice Hurdle 4yo at Gowran, who began in the rear and made headway to be half a length behind the winner. Also in Gowran, Hunting Party won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Steeplechase 4yo. He soon led from the start and pushed on in the two and a half mile event to win by a length and a half. Dessie said after, “It’s lovely to win a beginners with him. He’s a grand big honest horse and he’ll stay three miles. He jumped very well today and he rode him well. They all seem to jump well for Bryan.” “He’s (Hunting Party) probably not good enough for the top novices but we might still go for the good three-miler at Leopardstown over Christmas as he wants a trip.” Wrath of Titans was in Navan in the 4yo plus I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle, tracking the

Seefood was 3rd in the Thurles Rock Of Cashel Hurdle 4yo plus, he tracked the leaders and held his position from the start under Bryan Cooper. Pink Coat was at Fairyhouse in the Bar One Racing Handicap Hurdle Grade B 4yo plus, he tracked the leaders from the start and made headway, pushing hard and landed first over the final fence, keeping the pressure on in the final stages. The 5/2 favourite won by two lengths again under Bryan Cooper. Dessie said afterwards, “He’s gone up a stone since he won at Listowel. He got 9lb for winning at Listowel and bits and pieces for being placed since. I thought he’d gone up too much, and this was a different class today. Bryan came in after Naas (2m4f) and said he’d love to ride him in a strongly run two-mile race. It worked!...He’d need to improve [Pink Coat] but we might look at the Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown in January.”