Dargle swoops after Campeador fall
A round-up of the rest of Sunday's high-class action from Fairyhouse as Waxies Dargle was a rather fortuitous winner.
Waxies Dargle won the big two mile handicap hurdle
Waxies Dargle (16/1) took advantage of the final-flight fall of Campeador to win the Bar One Racing Handicap Hurdle.
Gordon Elliott's Campeador was the chosen mount of Barry Geraghty from seven runners in the race and it looked for all the world like he was on the right one.
Geraghty had not moved a muscle as he cruised to the front but he took a crashing fall at the last, just as he had done in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham in March.
Campeador brought down Sir Scorpion, another in the McManus silks, yet the owner still won the race as Noel Meade's Waxies Dargle finished strongly under Sean Flanagan to beat Morga by three-quarters of a length.
"It's nice to be lucky an odd time. I've always thought he wanted softer ground, but when a melee happens you're lucky to be there," said Meade.
"He ran over two-five at Cheltenham so two and a half is no problem to him. He'll run in similar races, that's what he has been doing, and it's nice to get one like that.
"I'm sure he'll run in the Coral.ie Hurdle. He ran in the English Ladbroke last year so whether he goes there or not, I don't know. He didn't run particularly well that day, but he was fourth in the Greatwood and fourth in the Coral Cup, so he's been knocking on the door.
"He deserved to win a race like that, even if it is by default."