Felix Desjy runs rivals ragged in Sky Bet Moscow Flyer

Felix Desjy - impressive winner
Felix Desjy - impressive winner

Felix Desjy ran his rivals ragged to win the Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novices' Hurdle at Punchestown.

Gordon Elliott's charge was strong in the market beforehand and never saw another horse having been sent to the front when the tapes went up by Sean Flanagan.

The 11/4 chance was clear turning in and try as he might, his only serious pursuer Jetez (4/1) could land a telling blow and was five lengths adrift at the line.

Harrie, who lost his pitch after jumping the third last, stayed on late for a remote third.

The sponsors cut the winner to 16/1 for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, Racing PR Manager Michael Shinners saying: "You had to be impressed with Felix Desjy. He's always been held in high regard by his powerful yard and never looked like being beaten here.

"It will be interesting to see what direction they opt to go with him but we do have the non-runner/no bet concession in place for all Cheltenham races."

"He disappointed us a few times, but we were dropping him in early on and I'd say it was the wrong way to ride him," said Elliott. "He likes striding along and jumps well. I thought it was a nice performance and Sean said he galloped the whole way to the line and didn't stop, so we're happy.

"I'd say the key to him is letting him stride along. He doesn't have to make the running, it's not essential, but he seems to be able to gallop them into the ground.

"He jumped very well. Keith (O'Donoghue) said the last day he was kind of backing off the Easyfix hurdles and didn't jump great. He was very slick there today so we're happy.

"That looks his trip. He was only beaten six or seven lengths in the bumper (at Cheltenham) last year and he's a nice horse. He disappointed a bit early on over hurdles but, touch wood, he's back on track now.

"He's obviously in at the Dublin Racing Festival and we'll have a look and see what happens there. He'll probably go there and I'd imagine the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' is where he'll go now."


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