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  • Argocat Pounces At Gowran

Red Mills Chase (Grade 2) 2m 4f

  • (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 4 runners)
  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,600 4th €1,200
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 19.40s
  • Off time: 14:25:31
  • Last Updated: February 15 2014, 15:58 GMT

Outsider-of-four Argocat gave jockey Brian O'Connell another big-race success after Last Instalment in last weekend's Hennessy Gold Cup when gamely taking the Red Mills Chase at Gowran.

Brian O'Connell: Big-race win
Brian O'Connell: Big-race win

O'Connell brought Tom Taaffe's six-year-old to make his bid at the second-last where Bog Warrior unseated his rider and Aupcharlie fell.

That left Argocat (10/1) to hold off his sole remaining rival Turban, the 5/4 favourite, by three-quarters of a length.

Taaffe said: "He got all messed up when he fell at Down Royal.

"He broke three ribs and he had internal injuries. We had to get his confidence back, too.

"The run the last day at Thurles (sixth in the Kinloch Brae) worked out to be Grade One form.

"He showed plenty of resolution there after he met the last wrong.

"I don't think he'll go to Cheltenham. He's more of a Liverpool horse.

"We'll probably look at the Bowl and we may find something for him between now and then."

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