Getabird flies to wide-margin win
A round-up of the rest of Sunday's high-class action from Fairyhouse as Getabird stormed to the top of the Champion Bumper market.
Getabird landed the odds in the closing bumper and looked a top-class prospect in the process.
Unlike the majority of Rich Ricci's famous string which were sourced in France, this one was a winning pointer in Ireland and was sent off the 8/11 favourite.
Patrick Mullins tracked Imperial Way through and the two pulled miles clear of the rest which is always a good sign and Getabird stormed 12 lengths clear to give Willie Mullins a double on the day.
The winning trainer said: "He's shown me a little bit at home, but never showed me that.
"We took a chance coming here because this is usually a hot bumper, so we're very pleased with a performance like that.
"Patrick thought he was going flat out but when he pulled him out he took a pull as he would have hit the front too soon."
Sky Bet make him 7/1 from 16/1 for the Champion Bumper and representative Michael Shinners said: "There was a very positive word for Getabird on the track but he wasn't the only one being talked up beforehand so to see him win like that marks him down as a pretty special talent."
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."
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