Irving fights for second Fifth
Irving won the stanjames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle for a second time in a thrilling finale at Newcastle.
Irving: Fighting Fifth winner
The 6-1 chance, trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Harry Cobden, landed the Grade One two years ago and once again come up trumps on his first outing for 280 days.
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Hidden Cyclone made a good deal of the running until the field clustered three hurdles from home, at which point Petit Mouchoir suffered a bad fall.
After having fended off Sceau Royal, Irving then needed to pull out all of the stops to keep the on-rushing Apple's Jade at bay by a nose.
A lengthy photo-finish was called before the Nicholls inmate was announced the winner.
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