Anibale Fly bounces back at Naas

Anibale Fly gave owner JP McManus and jockey Mark Walsh a big-race double when getting the better of a thrilling duel with A Genie In Abottle to land the Woodlands Park 100 Club Novice Chase at Naas.

Mark Walsh completed a big race double

The pair had earlier combined to win the Limestone Lad Hurdle with Sutton Place and Walsh was happy to sit off the pace on Tony Martin's seven-year-old, and was still quietly creeping into contention at the second-last, where A Genie In Abottle and Balko Des Flos made their bids for home.

Anibale Fly (7/2) got on terms at the last and appeared to be travelling much the best, but he eventually had to pull out all the stops to gain the upper hand, eventually prevailing by three-quarters of a length.

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The winner was bouncing back after pulled up at Kempton over Christmas, and Martin said: "I was adamant in Kempton that it was just the ground – it was one of those things and I had never seen ground as good at that time of the year.

"There was nothing wrong with him but today proves it was the ground, as he was beaten after three or four fences. Last week (at Leopardstown) it also seemed too good again to take a chance.

"He always showed he was a decent horse and it was no bad race today.

"I wouldn't be too worried about ground, as long as it was as yielding as today."

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