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Lord Erskine rules supreme in Irish Cesarewitch at Navan

Lord Erskine

Lord Erskine ran out a decisive winner of the Irish Cesarewitch at Navan for trainer Harry Rogers and jockey Conor Hoban.

Despite arriving on the back of wins at Roscommon and Listowel, the four-year-old was largely unconsidered beforehand and was sent off at odds of 25-1.

However, the son of Fast Company put his rivals to the sword, travelling sweetly in the slipstream of the leaders before powering clear in the closing stages.

Snow Falcon threw down a strong challenge, but was no match for the two-and-a-half-length victor, with Ted Veale and Miles To Memphis filling the minor placings.

Rogers said: "They went a nice gallop, he was off a light weight and it suited him. It's nice to get a prize like that for a good owner. He was a weak horse when I got him first and he's just got better with a bit of time.

"Jerry (Nolan) has been a patient owner and it's worked out. He could go now for the Naas November Handicap over a mile and a six.

"That would be as good a prize as I have won out from Silent Oscar winning the Champion Hurdle at Punchestown. It's certainly my biggest on the Flat."

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