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Lismullen Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 4f

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner €24,374 2nd €7,126 3rd €3,374 4th €1,126
  • Going: Soft to Heavy, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 5m 11.90s
  • Off time: 13:47:23
  • Last Updated: November 11 2012, 16:13 GMT

Whatuthink (25/1) posted a sensational upset when making all in the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan.

Tom Doyle: Briliant ride
Tom Doyle: Briliant ride

Voler La Vedette had won the race last year and was put in at odds of 1/7 for the Grade 2 contest following the defection of likely second favourite, So Young, in the morning.

The eight-year-old was making her seasonal reappearance and was held up in rear in the early stages of the contest as Tom Doyle sent Whatuthink along at a steady pace.

The ten-year-old had been tailed off over fences just ten days earlier but he was certainly not lacking for fitness having won at Down Royal on the flat over 1m6f during the summer.

Doyle asked his mount to quicken as he booted him into the fourth last and addressed with him with whip at the next.

Voler La Vedette had been cruising in behind and began to take closer order at that flight but the warning signs for her short-price backers as Andrew Lynch started to encourage her soon after and she found far less than anticipated.

The winner plugging on gamely to gain a deserved victory by four-and-a-half lengths.

The pair were well clear of third-placed Prima Vista.

Winning trainer Oliver McKiernan said: "He has always had ability. We decided to go back over hurdles with him.

"It was a great performance by him but maybe fitness over the others was the key. He was tipping away all summer while the others were just starting out.

"He loves that ground and he kept going. He will go to Leopardstown now at Christmas and he might run before then.

"The plan was to make plenty of use of him and if they were good enough to go by him so be it."


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