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Jessica Harrington saddles Another Barney to victory at Naas

Another Barney wins at Naas

Another Barney made a successful debut under rules in the INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle at Naas.

The winner of a Tralee point-to-point last May, Jessica Harrington's charge was second best in the market at 4-1 for this two-mile contest behind the heavily backed 8-11 favourite Grotesque.

Grotesque and Border Control battled for the lead racing down the back straight and it was the latter who jumped the better of the pair to give him the advantage early in the home straight.

However, all the whileRobbie Power was waiting in the wings aboard Another Barney and it was he who quickened up best to score by five and a half lengths.

Border Control comfortably beat Grotesque to the runner-up spot.

Harrington was saddling her first winner in a while, having failed to hit the target over the Christmas and new year period.

She said: "I've had more seconds in December than anything else. Maybe there wasn't that much wrong with the horses but they were just getting beaten.

"He showed what I thought he'd show. Kate (Harrington, daughter) was there when he got bought in Cheltenham. I don't go to the sales any longer.

"He's going to be a chaser and I think he'll appreciate a bit better ground in the spring. We'll see where we go with him now."

Demi Sang lunged late to score on his Irish introduction in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase.

The five-year-old won twice at Auteuil last September before being snapped up by leading owner JP McManus and joining champion trainer Willie Mullins.

He was the 11-10 favourite on his first start for his new connections and while his jumping was not entirely convincing and he did not travel with much zest, he moved up to challenge the front-running Avenir D'Une Vie in the home straight.

Avenir D'Une Vie appeared to have the race in safe keeping when kicking on between the final two fences, but Barry Geraghty did not give up aboard Demi Sang and after battling his way back into contention jumping the last, the Mullins runner finished strongly on the run-in to prevail by a length and a quarter.

Mullins nominated the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown on February 3 as a potential target for his charge.

Hesaid: "It was a very good performance but he jumped a bit slow.

"I thought he'd jump a bit quicker and he might need to jump a bit sharper. I'm sure he'll learn that.

"He lost a lot of ground in the air, especially when he needed to (jump quicker) at the fourth and third-last. He was just dwelling in the air too much but I think he'll get better.

"I'd imagine he'll go down the Arkle route and we'll look at Leopardstown. That would be the obvious place after winning that.

"To win two races at Auteuil is a very good level and that showed there. He was bought to go over the minimum trip."

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