Brutal delight for Sheikh

Sheikh Fahad Al Thani celebrates success

Brutal provided leading owner Sheikh Fahad Al Thani with another win in the saddle as he carried his own Qatar Racing colours to victory in the Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series at Leopardstown.

Trained by Gordon Elliott, the three-year-old was the highest-rated horse in the race and cruised around before hitting the front in the straight and beating Circling Moon and Ibsen, with his clearly delighted rider punching the air as he passed the line.

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Sheikh Fahad won the same race last year on Labaik, also trained by Elliott.

Elliott said of the 2-1 winner: "He doesn't seem to have the bottle for hurdles and Sheikh Fahad may keep him for these charity races."

Lynne McLoughlin, who won an earlier race in the Corinthian Challenge at the Curragh, was the series winner. She is a work rider with Jessica Harrington.

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