Hatton's Grace Hurdle
Grade 1, Fairyhouse 14:35
€80,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 4f, Class 1 
Sunday 30th November 2014

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1 Lieutenant Colonel 7/2
2 Jetson 5/1
3 Little King Robin 11/4
NR: Annie Power (IRE)
5 ran Distances: 4l, 10l
TIME 5m 1.60s (slow by 24.60s)

Lieutenant Colonel takes the Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle under Bryan Cooper. Zaidpour was an early faller in the race.

Lieutenant Colonel
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Lieutenant Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel gave Sandra Hughes her first Grade One triumph when winning a dramatic race at Fairyhouse.

Hughes, who took over training when her father Dessie died two weeks ago, had her fist winner on Saturday and enjoyed a popular and emotional success just 24 hours later.

There was drama when the Willie Mullins-trained hot favourite Zaidpour fell, bringing down King Of The Picts at a flight around the halfway stage and hampering Jetson.

Habitual frontrunner Little King Robin set out to make all the running but was stalked by both the remaining runners and passed early in the home straight.

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There was little to choose between the pair at the final flight but Lieutenant Colonel, owned by Gigginstown House Stud, produced the better turn of foot for Bryan Cooper to score by four lengths from Jetson.

Little King Robin
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Little King Robin

"It's been an emotional 24 hours, but I have to say everyone has been brilliant," the winning trainer told At The Races.

"We got a great reception but that was for Dad. He put all of the groundwork in with these horses. We've got a wonderful team at home with Rob Hennessy and I'm just part of the operation.

"The horses have been in good form and we thought he would run very, very well. He ran in a beginners' chase first time and was a bit disappointing, so we decided to come back to hurdles with him."

The winner was installed at 16/1 in the betting for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle by SkyBet .

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Hatton's Grace Hurdle
€80,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 4f, Class 1
5 ran
Going: Yielding

Pos Dist Horse / Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Lieutenant Colonel 7/2
B J Cooper
11-10 Ms S Hughes 5
2nd 4 Jetson (IRE) 5/1
D N Russell
11-10 Mrs J Harrington 9
3rd 10 Little King Robin (IRE) 11/4
M P Walsh
11-3 C Bowe 6
F Zaidpour (FR) 11/8f
R Walsh
11-10 W P Mullins 8
BD King of The Picts (IRE) 25/1
A P Heskin
11-10 J P Shanahan 5
NR Annie Power (IRE) 11-3 W P Mullins 6

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