Mare proves She's Got Grit

  • Last Updated: December 1 2013, 15:47 GMT

A review of the rest of the action from Fairyhouse, where She's Got Grit stayed on well to win the Mares Handicap Chase.

She's Got Grit: Gutsy winner at Fairyhouse
She's Got Grit: Gutsy winner at Fairyhouse

She's Got Grit stayed on best to strike gold in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Mares Handicap Chase.

A winning point-to-pointer and hunter chaser, Terence O'Brien's 7-1 shot led from the home turn and saw off all comers under Adrian Heskin.

Fantastic Gold was two and a quarter lengths away in second, with Avondhu Lady third and favourite Victrix Gale fourth.

Heskin said: "She's good and tough. They went no gallop and it didn't suit me to be in front turning into the straight, but she stays well and hopefully she improves away."

Thelobstercatcher (7-1) saw out the gruelling three miles and five furlongs best to claim victory in the Bar One Racing Porterstown Handicap Chase.

Pat Fahy's grey jumped superbly in the hands of David Casey, sealing victory with a fine leap at the final fence.

Ipsos Du Berlais finished strongly to come home best of the rest in second, beaten two lengths, with Prosperity Square third.

Fahy said: "When I saw this race I said we'd enter, not thinking we'd get into it.

"I couldn't believe there were so few entries and he got in perfectly.

"I said I'd wait to put the blinkers on him when we got a good pot and it couldn't have worked out better as he was so sweet today.

"I'll see what he gets but I wouldn't mind going for some of the big handicaps if we can get into them.

"I'd love to go for the Thyestes and even to come back here.

"It doesn't make a difference to him - he was rated once 130 hurdles and it's just a matter of getting it out of him."


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