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Beacon Edge sets up Hatton’s Grace bid with Galway triumph

Beacon Edge confirmed himself a smart prospect with victory in the Marlin Hotel Dublin, Supporting The National Breast Cancer Institute Hurdle at Galway.

Trained by Noel Meade and sent off the 10-11 favourite for the Grade Three contest, the Sean Flanagan-ridden six-year-old tracked the mare Minella Melody for much of the journey, with the pace hotting up going to two out.

The market principals jumped it almost together, but by the final flight the Meade runner had taken command.

Flanagan was able to coast home after the last, with the margin of victory four and three-quarter lengths over Minella Melody, whose only previous defeat over hurdles had been when favourite for the mares’ novices’ hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The Gigginstown House Stud-owned winner is now set to tackle Grade One company at Fairyhouse, as Meade explained.

He said: “From the first day he arrived in the yard we’ve just loved him.

“Michael and Eddie (O’Leary) thought he should stay over hurdles and I was happy to agree. He’s more than justified the decision now.

“They didn’t go much of a gallop there, but Sean said he was cantering at all stages.

“The Hatton’s Grace looks the obvious race for him and we’ll see how it’ll work.”

The Tu Va handler also reported his earlier faller on the card, Diol Ker, none the worse: “He seems OK and Sean said he was just too fresh.

“With the whole Covid thing we hadn’t got him away. Ideally we’d have brought him to Navan or somewhere for a school.”

Discorama makes seasonal bow in Galway feature

Paul Nolan’s star chaser Discorama begins a new campaign at Galway on Wednesday.

The seven-year-old was last seen finishing third in the Ultima Handicap Chase in March – his third placed finish at the Cheltenham Festival, having previously filled the runner-up spot in both the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle and in the National Hunt Chase.

Nolan is looking forward to seeing Discorama make his seasonal reappearance under Bryan Cooper in the Ryans Cleaning, Disinfecting, Waste Disposal And Recycling Chase, with a tilt at Grand National glory at Aintree on the radar for next spring.

Nolan said: “He’s in good shape. We haven’t been able to give him a gallop on grass just yet as the ground has been too good, but he’s as fit as we can get him at home and we’re looking forward to getting him started.

“I always think the day you start making plans is the day it goes wrong, so we’ll just see how he performs on the track and make plans as we go along.

“He could end up in the English National and you’d be looking at races like the Welsh National, too – all those big, staying handicap chases really, but we’ll see how we go.”

Discorama heads a field of five runners declared for Wednesday’s Galway feature, with Noel Meade saddling Dream Conti in a bid to win the race for a fourth time in the last five years.

He is one of two runners for Gigginstown House Stud along with Gordon Elliott’s Milan Native, while the Tom Mullins-trained Court Maid and Forza Milan from James Nash’s yard complete the quintet.