Disko beats Flogas rivals
Disko (6/1) ran out an impressive winner of the FlogasNovice Chase at Leopardstown under a positive ride from Sean Flanagan.
Disko ran out an impressive winner
Always held in high regard by Noel Meade, the trainer didn't disappoint in the Grade One contest over two miles and five furlongs.
Initially racing in company with Our Duke who he had a length to find with on their meeting over three miles at Christmas, Flanagan soon kicked Disko into a clear lead and had the rest of the field well strung out behind.
Our Duke did close up again approaching the home straight but Flanagan had plenty of petrol left in the tank and the six-year-old soon put the race to bed with the runner-up, who was dropping back in trip, making late gains without ever threatening.
A bad day for Ruby Walsh, already beaten on two short-priced favourites, got even worse with a final fence fall on 6/5 favourite Bellshill. The market leader had been patiently ridden but struggled to make up the ground in the conditions and was well held when departing.
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Meade said: "It's a great thrill to have one to jump as well that and it never really looked a problem, he was gaining ground at every fence.
"Everything seemed to be going really well and it's lovely to be able to watch something like that.
"You would never be confident in a Grade One, especially with the lads in behind you. You never want to build your confidence up too much, but I was happy when he jumped the last.
"It might have been the trip the last day. That trip (two-mile-five) seems to suit him and that'll be the way we go I'd imagine.
"I'd say Cheltenham ground will suit him all right – the usual Cheltenham ground. I would never think that he would want quick ground. He's a beautiful-moving horse."
A delighted Flanagan said: "He's had his little bits of problems here and there, but today he's shown what he is. He's got his jumping together which is the main thing, and got into a great rhythm.
"It's great to get that first Grade One win, although it's taken me a while to get it."
Sky Bet cut the winner to 7/1 from 16s for the JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham.
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