GBI RACING

Mega Fortune suffers fatal fall at Limerick

Balakani

There was a sad outcome to the Maurice Power Solicitors Hurdle at Limerick, where Grade One winner and Triumph Hurdle runner-up Mega Fortune suffered a fatal fall at the second-last.

Gordon Elliott's 1-7 favourite was on the way to a straightforward success and his departure left the way clear for Balakani (8-1) to come home well clear of the only other starter, Penneys Hun.

Winning trainer Mouse Morris said: "That's racing, unfortunately, and I had plenty of it (bad luck) myself last year."

He went on: "He's going to be a grand fellow to go chasing and we'll have plenty fun with him. He wants a trip, but he's only four and we'll tip away in another winners' race next, although I might not delay too long hurdling."

Mega Fortune landed the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown in February, before finding only Defi Du Seuil too good at Cheltenham in March.

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