Wing shows winning spirit
Stocktons Wing edged out front-runner Dogora to claim the Grade Two Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse.
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The market indicated it may turn into a two-horse race with Dogora sent off the evens favourite while Stocktons Wing was just a 5/4 chance for trainer Charles O'Brien and jockey Mark Walsh.
Paul Townend was positive from the start aboard Dogora, pushing to the front, while Walsh was happy to drop in behind until the field hit the run for home.
Walsh switched out to challenge and while Stocktons Wing took a little time to hit top gear, a fine leap at the last saw him edge in front and Dogora had no answer to that final push.
O'Brien is now planning a crack at the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham with his two-and-a-quarter-length winner.
He said: "He has earned his right to travel now as his form is very solid and he jumps very well.
"He is honest, tough and straightforward and the right type to bring to Cheltenham - he's not one to have a nervous breakdown and run like his tail is on fire on the way to the first hurdle!
"He'll enjoy the hustle and bustle and I presume he'll go for the Triumph Hurdle as he'll have a lot of weight in the Fred Winter."
Warne (9/1) readily accounted for favourite Tammys Hill in the John McCarthy Memorial Hunters Chase, while Milan Bound (6/4 favourite) won the closing Ian Smith Memorial Flat Race.