Racing UK Subscribe For Cheltenham Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m

  • (4yo, 2m, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £15,661 2nd £5,877 3rd £2,942 4th £1,466 5th £737 6th £368
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 58.55s
  • Off time: 14:08:11
  • Last Updated: February 23 2013, 15:31 GMT

Irish Saint produced a gutsy effort to land the Racing UK Subscribe For Cheltenham Adonis Juvenile Hurdle.

Irish Saint: Hard-fought victory
Irish Saint: Hard-fought victory

Paul Nicholls' gelding had been backed throughout the morning as if defeat were out of the question but having looked in trouble as they began to turn in, he picked up strongly to respond to Ruby Walsh's urgings.

With the majority of the contest run at no more than a medium gallop, there were plenty of chances held with a couple of flights to take with Vasco Du Ronceray and his stablemate, Courtesy Call, both in good postions.

As the debutant weakened out of matters, Barry Geraghty was forced to go for home and while the grey battled on gamely, he was unable to repel the challenge of the well-supported favourite.

The pair finished some eight lengths clear of the Alan King-trained L'Unique.

The winner was clipped into 16/1 from 20/1 for the Triumph Hurdle with Sky Bet.

"I'll have to talk to the owner properly but I suspect we'll end up going to Aintree for either the juvenile or the two-and-a-half against older horses," said Nicholls, whose Triumph hero Zarkandar lifted the Adonis two years ago.

"He didn't run on the Flat and it's only three weeks until Cheltenham. With six weeks until Aintree I can get him a good bit better."

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