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  • Great Oak Benefits From Fallers

Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Lombardstown Mares Novice Chase (Grade 3) 2m 1f

  • (4yo+, 2m 1f, Class 1, 8 runners)
  • Winner €24,374 2nd €7,126 3rd €3,374 4th €1,126
  • Going: Soft, Soft/Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 33.80s
  • Off time: 14:16:01
  • Last Updated: December 9 2012, 15:06 GMT

Great Oak was a fortuitous winner of the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Lombardstown Mares Novice Chase at Cork.

Ruby Walsh: Took a heavy fall at the last aboard Tarla
Ruby Walsh: Took a heavy fall at the last aboard Tarla

Odds-on favourite Tarla (4-11) had taken it up five out under Ruby Walsh but spectacularly crashed out at the last, as did her closest pursuer Cnoc Seoda, who was a couple of lengths down at the time.

All that left Great Oak (14-) in splendid isolation to claim the Grade Three prize, with Our Girl Lucy second.

Winning trainer John Nicholson said: "They are there to be jumped. I would have been happy with third, but Christmas came early.

"I didn't enter her over Christmas as there aren't a lot of races for her. Today was the plan."


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