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Duhallow Lad emerges victorious in eventful Plumpton heat

Tom O'Brien Duhallow Lad won an eventful race for the Peter Earl Memorial Novices' Handicap Chase to make a winning debut over fences and spark a double for jockey Tom O'Brien at Plumpton.
The six-year-old, trained by Alan Jones, was left with the race virtually at his mercy following a catalogue of dramas that resulted in just two of the six starters completing the course.
Three of the six - Western Sunrise, Ramore Will and Lillington - unseated their riders, while Sir Hubert suffered a fatal fall at the third-last.
That left Duhallow Lad (3-1 favourite) to see off Le Coeur Net and stroll home by 50 lengths.
"He's a horse we bought in Ireland and he's been galloping with Qualando who won the Fred Winter (in 2015 for Paul Nicholls) and he does work quite well at home," said Jones.
"The race did fall apart. All he beat was the second horse who got carried wide (by a loose horse).
"He was second at Newbury, so it's happy days.He'd been an unlucky horse. He couldn't win a point-to-point in Ireland and he fell and had a bad injury.I suppose he was due a change of luck.
"He jumped well and Tom gave him a lovely ride, as he always does."
O'Brien's double came courtesy of Snippetydoodah (10-1), who brushed all challengers aside as she led all the way in the 188Bet Faller Refunds At Cheltenham Thursday Mares' Handicap Hurdle.
O'Brien put up 1lb overweight on the Michael Roberts-trained 10-year-old but it did not matter as the mare kept on gamely to hold Iconic Sky by three and a half lengths.
Tambura (7-1) came with a rattling run from the rear to claim the 188Bet Best Priced Mullins Cheltenham Wednesday Handicap Hurdle.
Geoff Maundrell's course specialist stormed past her rivals in the straight and went on to win by six lengths from long-time leader Ballyheigue Boy.
The Lion Dancer (100-30) jumped ahead two out on his way to landing the 188Bet Extra Places At Cheltenham Friday Handicap Chase by 29 lengths from Sounds Of Italy.
Larry had no trouble landing the odds as he made all in the 188Bet 10% Back At Cheltenham Tuesday 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle. The 4-11 shot pulled away in the closing stages to score by 20 lengths under trainer Gary Moore's son, Jamie.
Johnny Farrelly's Mr Lando (9-4) was never headed as he took the Strong Flavours Catering Handicap Hurdle in the hands of 7lb claimer Gary Lavery.

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