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Hooray for Henry treble

Moscow Mannon secured the first Graded race of an emerging career over fences with a cute victory in the Poplar Square Chase at Naas as his trainer Henry de Bromhead secured a superb treble at the meeting.

Eight-year-old Mannon (4-7 favourite) breezed clear of Ludo Et Emergo approaching the final flight and surged along the long run-in to score by four and three-quarters of a length. Felix Yonger, who was giving away 9lb to the Davy Russell-ridden winner, creditably stuck to his guns to take second place.

De Bromhead, who won the opener with Sizing John, said: "He jumped well, apart from a couple of little mistakes. This was about getting him rolling.

"It's lovely to get that out of the way. We could look at Leopardstown at Christmas over two miles and a furlong or there is the Hilly Way (Cork) or England.

"The owner is keen to step him up and I'd say we will, in time. No horse at home is fast enough to work with him, he has so many gears. He has a bit of a freaky pedigree as he's out of a Mind Games mare. He has a lot of pace. At Punchestown, though, it looked like all he did was stay."

De Bromhead completed his treble when Sizing Granite struck in the Weatherbys Ireland GSB Beginners Chase. The 6-1 chance cashed in on a far-from-perfect round of jumping from 1-2 favourite Lieutenant Colonel, who made errors at the fourth- and third-last but still rallied gamely close home.

Lieutenant Colonel and Sizing Granite jumped the last fence in unison, but Johnny Burke's companion showed plenty of heart when it mattered to win by a length.


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