Barra banks maiden win at Fairyhouse

Latest news from this afternoon's meeting at Fairyhouse as Barra won for Gigginstown and Jack Kennedy.

Jack Kennedy: Won aboard Barra

Barra opened her account over hurdles at the third time of asking in the Book Easter Festival Tickets Online At Mares Maiden Hurdle.

Gordon Elliott's six-year-old had shown respectable form on her first two starts behind Invitation Only and Joey Sasa.

Sent off the 5-4 favourite to make amends under Jack Kennedy, she cruised to the front going down the back straight and the result was never in any doubt.

Willie Mullins' Kate Appleby Shoes gave chase but was 12 lengths down at the line.

Elliott said: "She took on two good geldings in her last two runs, and she was good there today. She stretched all the way to the line.

"There is a graded mares novice back here in a few weeks that she may go for. It rode a good race as they were flat out all the way."Ellmarie Holden and Rachael Blackmore teamed up with Ex Patriot to win the Buy Your Great Value Annual Fairyhouse Membership Today Maiden Hurdle.Having shown a decent level of form on the Flat for Ger Lyons, the three-year-old changed hands for 38,000 euros.Everything appeared to be going well for the favourite Mengli Khan, but Ex Patriot made him look decidedly one-paced when scooting past on the run to the last.Mengli Khan actually stuck on gamely to the line, but could only get within a length of the 10-1 winner, who could prove a smart prospect.Holden said: "I'm absolutely thrilled with that. It's his first run for me, and he's been a pure machine at home over hurdles. He got in a bit close to a couple today but he'll learn from that. Rachael gave him a great ride."He schooled at Thurles last week, and we didn't do too much with him as we knew we were coming here. We'll see how he is in the next few days, but he could go for the Grade One (Spring Hurdle) at Leopardstown on February 12."

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