Foxrock too strong for Fringe

Foxrock saw off the admirable On The Fringe in the Leopardstown Inn Hunters Chase.

Foxrock (right) beat On The Fringe

Fourth in the Irish Gold Cup on this card 12 months ago, the Ted Walsh-trained Foxrock was the 2/5 favourite in the hands of daughter Katie following successive wins in this sphere.

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Enda Bolger's On The Fringe (4/1) , who must go down as one of the greatest hunter chasers in the history of the sport having won the major prizes at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown in each of the last two seasons, was making his first appearance of the campaign and that looked a crucial factor in the end.

The big two had it between them from a long way out, with On The Fringe travelling the better of the pair rounding the home turn.

However, Jamie Codd's mount tired in the straight and Foxrock regained the lead on the run-in and came home three and a half lengths clear.

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