What a belated Christmas present this is for those lucky enough to get that massive price on Hi Cloy
Unless we get rain, which doesn't look likely to happen, Beef Or Salmon and Hi Cloy
are both likely to bypass Clonmel.
He shook off the attentions of ageing two-mile champion Moscow Flyer and was holding Fota Island on the run-in, with Hi Cloy
staying on along the inside.
Hourigan said: "I spoke to the owners of both Beef Or Salmon and Hi Cloy
this morning and decided to take both of them out of the Jim Nicholson as I was worried about starting them off on fast ground.
And he looked sure to celebrate Christmas with his first win from the paid ranks when Central House, who had made most, jumped the last clear of Fota Island, Hi Cloy
and a struggling Moscow Flyer.
Cashmans: 2 Taranis, 5-2 (with a run) Beef Or Salmon, The Listener, 6 Forget The Past, Hi Cloy
, 8 Justified, Offshore Account, 16 Alexander Taipan, 20 Kill Devil Hill, 50 bar.
And, in a tremendous tussle on the run-in, Andrew McNamara got Hi Cloy
home a head in front of Jim, with Forget The Past third, Ned Kelly fourth and the favourite beaten more than 22 lengths in fifth.
The good ground won't be a problem for him and will also suit Hi Cloy
Irish-trained runners have won six of the last nine runnings of this but, after yesterday's shake-up, Hi Cloy
is their only representative this time.
Native Upmanship was successful in 2002 and 2003, Moscow Flyer won in 2004 and 2005 and Hi Cloy
, who returns to try to emulate those double-achievers, delivered at 14-1 a year ago when he faced a big task.
is dropping back in trip in the Ryanair Chase and is capable of putting it up to Monet's Garden, Racing Demon and company in the 2m5f event.
Forget The Past and In Compliance are both trained by O'Brien for owner Sean Mulryan, and after last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup third had beaten Hi Cloy
by two lengths, O'Brien said: "It's fabulous to have two very good horses like them in the yard capable of competing at the top level.
VERDICTA tricky one, with last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup third Forget The Past going up against a horse he's trailed behind twice in Hi Cloy
The final league game, which was led by Captains Kate Anderson and Emma Jones, ended in a 5-0 victory for the champions after Nadine Sword scored four with Charlotte Cloy
scoring the other.
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