THE WILLIAM HILL TROPHY HANDICAP CHASE
1st (12) Dun Doire 7-1
DUN DOIRE A SECOND WINNER FOR IRELAND
Dun Doire provided the Irish with their second winner of the day when landing the William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase.
Tony Martin’s charge came from off the pace under Ruby Walsh to prevail by two lengths from Juveigneur record a memorable Festival triumph, the second for Martin following Xenophon in the 2003 Coral Cup.
The winning handler commented: “Touch wood, the drop of rain we had this morning came just in time.
“This horse has serious stamina - he’s a real old-fashioned chasing type.
“He had to come from off the pace today, he’s too slow to ride any other way.
“The original plan was to go for the four-miler with him this year but we thought he could go for this race after he won the Thyestes Chase at Gowran so well.
“As a novice, he was really weak but has really come to himself this year.
“I don’t know where we will go after this, he is in the Whitbread but it is too soon to make a decision yet.
“I have his full-brother at home who is a four-year-old.”
HENDERSON ONE-TWO IN SECOND AND THIRD
Nicky Henderson seemed likely to train the first and second in the William Tropy Handicap Chase, until Juveigneur and Irish Hussar were passed by Ireland’s Dun Doire inside the final 50 yards.
After Mick Fitzgerald had steered Juveigneur into the runner-up spot, and Marcus Foley had ridden into third on Irish Hussar, Henderson said: “I’m delighted with both of them. Irish Hussar has run an amazing race with 11st 12lb after he’s been missing all year, and Juveigneur’s been off all year. Just when you think, ‘ruddy hell, this is going to come off’, you go and get mugged.
“They’re both exposed horses and had a lot of weight so they’ve run great races - and if the Irish ever complain about handicapping again I’ll kill ‘em!
“You think you’ve done everything right and then this other flippin’ horse comes and does them, but they’ve done nothing wrong. We’ll look at Aintree and lots of other races, but the main thing is they’ve both come back and run great races.”
Patrick Haslam, trainer of fourth-placed Model Son, said: “We’re very pleased with the horse. He’s young and only a novice and it looks very good for the future. I’m not sure about plans at the moment - the Irish National has been mooted, but I’m thinking more of the Aintree meeting.”
WILLIAM HILL TROPHY - DUN DOIRE - WINNING JOCKEY
RUBY WALSH (JOCKEY)
“Horses do come home well here - there’s a big hill to get up. He stays really well and was just outpaced a bit early on.
“You take your chance and sometimes it works, more times than
not you look like a fool, but it worked today!”
WILLIAM HILL TROPHY HANDICAP CHASE
1 DUN DOIRE (IRE) (Dunderry Racing Syndicate) Tony Martin IRE 7-10-09
Ruby Walsh 7/1
Non-runner: Little Big Horse
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