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Gabynako out to end season on a high

Gabynako will not be winning out of turn if he can strike Grade One gold for the first time in the Barberstown Castle Novice Chase at Punchestown on Thursday.

Narrowly beaten by subsequent Grand National hero Noble Yeats on his chasing debut at Galway, Gavin Cromwell’s charge opened his account at the second attempt at Fairyhouse before being placed at the highest level on three successive occasions.

The bold decision to supplement him for the Arkle at last month’s Cheltenham Festival paid off with Gabynako finishing a clear second to hot favourite Edwardstone, and his trainer is keeping his fingers crossed he can go one better.

Cromwell said: “He’s been running very well and it would be fantastic to get his head in front.

“He’s come out of Cheltenham well and we’re happy that he’s in good nick. We’re looking forward to it.

“He ran a blinder in the Arkle. We were just unfortunate to bump into Edwardstone, who was very good, but he ran a cracker in defeat.

“I think he’s probably better on better ground, so fingers crossed.”

Mark Walsh and Gentleman De Mee after winning at Aintree
Mark Walsh and Gentleman De Mee after winning at Aintree (David Davies/PA)

Gabynako is taken on by four Willie Mullins-trained runners, with Gentleman De Mee the likely favourite after beating Edwardstone in the Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree three weeks ago.

He is joined by Blue Lord, Haut En Couleurs and Saint Sam, who finished third, sixth and unseated in the Arkle respectively.

The field is completed by Henry de Bromhead’s pair of Coeur Sublime and Maskada.

Henry de Bromhead is well represented at Punchestown
Henry de Bromhead is well represented at Punchestown (Tim Goode/PA)

Ben Pauling’s Grand Annual winner Global Citizen had been declared for the Pigsback.com Handicap Chase but was ruled out on Wednesday.

Jessica Harrington’s Exit Poll heads the weights while Danny Mullins retains the ride on Mt Leinster.

Henry de Bromhead runs three owned by Robcour, with Rachael Blackmore preferring the claims of Zarkareva. Robbie Power rides Magic Daze with Darragh O’Keeffe on Tiger Voice.

De Bromhead also fields the Roger Brookhouse-owned Arahecan and Ingleby McKenzie, giving him five of the 12 runners.

Singing Banjo and Ballyboker Bridge, the last two winners of the Mongey Communications La Touche Cup, are back once again in which Christian Williams’ Potters Corner is the sole runner from Britain.

Elliott ‘sweet’ on Farouk D’alene in Limerick feature

Rising star Jordan Gainford could steal the limelight at Limerick on Sunday when he partners Farouk D’alene in the BoyleSports Faugheen Novice Chase.

The 3lb claimer enjoyed a breakthrough success at Cheltenham in March when The Shunter won the Paddy Power Plate and now has his first ride in a Grade One, on what is also his return from injury having suffered a broken wrist in a fall last month.

Trained by Gordon Elliott, the Gigginstown House Stud-owned Farouk D’alene was a smart novice hurdler, beating Gavin Cromwell’s Vanillier in a Grade Two at this meeting 12 months ago, and made a winning chasing debut at Navan earlier this month.

Gordon Elliott talks with Jordan Gainford
Gordon Elliott talks with Jordan Gainford (Niall Carson/PA)

“I couldn’t be happier with him,” said Elliott.

“He has come out of Navan well. That was his first run since Limerick last Christmas so I would be expecting him to come forward a bit from that, but he’ll need to as he is going in at the deep end now.

“It looks a hot race and Gavin has a couple of nice horses in there, but that is what you get in these Grade One races.

“Jordan wouldn’t have ridden a horse with a chance like this in a Grade One before.

“I think he’s got a proper chance, I think he’ll love the soft ground. He has improved no end from his first run at Navan. I’m very sweet on him”

Vanillier jumped well when getting off the mark over fences at the second attempt
Vanillier jumped well when getting off the mark over fences at the second attempt (Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA)

Cromwell has declared both Gabynako and Vanillier – but should the going at Leopardstown ease Vanillier is likely to be rerouted.

Cromwell is in the enviable position of training two of the nicest novice chasing prospects in Ireland and would ideally prefer to split them up over Christmas.

Albert Bartlett winner Vanillier had been booked in for the Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Wednesday, but with watering having taken place to stop the ground getting quick, Cromwell has left him in at Limerick over a trip which would be short of his best.

“Basically the thinking behind it is that my preference is for Vanillier to run at Leopardstown, hopefully they get the rain,” said Cromwell.

“We’ll know plenty more come Christmas Day or Boxing Day morning.

“It would be a shame for them to have to take each other on at this stage, more so because we know three miles is more Vanillier’s trip while two and a half is perfect for Gabynako.”

Gabynako looked sure to record a Grade One win of his own in the Drinmore at Fairyhouse only to make mistakes at the final two fences and be caught by Beacon Edge.

“He made a couple of mistakes and that cost him. We gave him a school on Tuesday and he jumped very well.

“In his beginners’ chase around Fairyhouse he was exceptionally good. He jumped well. He jumped well in the whole in the Drinmore but down over the last two he just made mistakes at the vital time that probably cost him the race.

“Vanillier would appreciate three miles more, he’s a real galloper and a good jumper.”

Joseph O’Brien runs two, Fire Attack and Global Equity.

“Fire Attack is a horse that has always had a lot of talent, but hasn’t helped himself by racing too freely. We decided to try something different for his chasing debut in October and Shane Fitzgerald made all the running on him,” O’Brien told Betfair.

“He settled much better there and produced a good winning performance. This is a much stronger race, but I wouldn’t like to rule him out.

“Global Equity got off the mark over fences at Galway in October. She took her chance in Grade One company at Fairyhouse last time and didn’t run too badly.”

Jessica Harrington’s Lifetime Ambition, Noel Meade’s Lieutenant Command and Paddy Corkery’s Master McShee complete the field.

My Mate Mozzie likely to wait for Dublin Racing Festival

My Mate Mozzie is likely to head straight to Dublin Racing Festival following his narrow defeat at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

A point-to-point and bumper winner and impressive on his first two starts over hurdles, the five-year-old was favourite to successfully graduate to Grade One level in the Royal Bond.

Having been ridden prominently but not fluent at the last, Gavin Cromwell’s charge was denied in the shadow of the post – going down a short head to Willie Mullins-trained mare Statuaire.

Cromwell said: “The Royal Bond was a messy enough race and My Mate Mozzie was a bit keen. He just got under the last and but for that he would have won.

“We’re probably going to bypass Christmas. He’s had three runs now and I’d say we might give him a couple of weeks off and bring him back for the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown in February.”

It proved to be a frustrating afternoon for Cromwell at Fairyhouse, with Gabynako also having to make do with the runner-up spot in the following Drinmore Novice Chase following two crucial mistakes.

The six-year-old is likely to be in action over the festive period, with a step up to three miles for Leopardstown’s Neville Hotels Novice Chase the preferred option as things stand.

Gavin Cromwell saddled two Grade One seconds at Fairyhouse
Gavin Cromwell saddled two Grade One seconds at Fairyhouse (David Davies/PA)

“It’s frustrating, but both horses ran a cracker and I suppose it’s great they showed they can be competitive at that level,” Cromwell added.

“Gabynako made two mistakes at the second-last and the last, which probably cost him the race.

“He could potentially go to three miles in the novice chase in Leopardstown. He’s entered over two and a half in Limerick, but I think we might step him up.

“Obviously I have Vanillier at home as well and we’ll try to keep them separated.”

Gabynako stakes Drinmore claim with Fairyhouse verdict

Gabynako may have earned himself a shot at Grade One glory in the Drinmore Novice Chase later this month after opening his account over fences at Fairyhouse.

Gavin Cromwell’s charge was the 6-4 favourite for the Irish National Hunt Chase Committee Beginners Chase following a narrow defeat on his fencing debut at Galway last month.

The two-mile-five-furlong contest attracted a strong field, with Gordon Elliott’s pair of Fakiera and Fury Road among those bringing high-class hurdling form to the table.

But Gabynako put his experience to good use – making much of the running and jumping with aplomb under Darragh O’Keeffe to beat Fury Road by two and a quarter lengths.

“He was very good and jumped brilliant – it was an exhibition of jumping really,” said Cromwell.

“I have him entered in the Drinmore (at Fairyhouse on November 28). I had it in my mind that it might be a bit sharp for him, but the way he jumped there, maybe it won’t.

“On slower ground, which he has no problem with, we’d definitely be considering it.”

Direct Image after winning at Fairyhouse
Direct Image after winning at Fairyhouse (Gary Carson/PA)

Michael O’Sullivan steered Direct Image to victory in the Lorna Brooke Ireland v Britain Challenge Handicap Chase.

Brooke, who died in April at the age of 37 following a fall at Taunton earlier that month, won the first ever ladies’ chase run at Fairyhouse in 2015.

Amateur riders from both sides of the Irish Sea lined up to compete in a race run in her memory and it was Robert Tyner’s 5-2 joint-favourite Direct Image who came out on top by seven lengths.

Favori Logique, partnered by the winning rider’s cousin Maxine O’Sullivan, filled the runner-up spot.

Mary Tyner, wife of the winning trainer, said: “That’s three on the trot now for her, so that’s good.

“She’ll probably go on her winter holidays now and wait for the better ground next year.”