Capital effort from Dublin

SHEER courage took Dublin Flyer to victory in an enthralling Tripleprint Gold Cup here yesterday. The eight-year-old, ridden by Brendan Powell and trained by Tim Forster, got home by inches from the Irish raider Nuaffe after a thrilling display of jumping in front.

Powell took control of the race from the first strides. He and Jamie Osborne, on the favourite Coulton, set sail together and matched strides at a blazing pace. Coulton's hopes ended with a mistake at the final ditch, six from home, that left Dublin Flyer five lengths clear and still galloping strongly. As he swung into the final turn, the dangers were the outsider Southolt - running the race of his life - and Nuaffe, who had been unable to go with the gallop early, but whose reserves of stamina were now coming into play.

The Irish horse flew the last in third and, under maximum pressure from Sean O'Donovan - having a fine first ride in Britain - caught the leader halfway up the hill. But Powell - who has broken his leg three times in an injury-dogged career - had a partner as tough as himself, and Dublin Flyer thrust his nose back in front on the line. The jockey said: "He hasn't got much speed - his forte is his jumping - but he is so brave."

Dublin Flyer was bred by his owner John Sumner, whose family have been with Forster since the start of his 30-year career, and, for the 60-year-old trainer, the race epitomised the attractions of the steeplechasing game he so loves. And, as he waited forthe result of the photograph, Forster had some pointed remarks about the British Horseracing Board's plans to axe 89 chases from next season's programme.

He said: "Dublin Flyer is a typical, late-maturing steeplechaser, and he has been kept for eight years with this sort of race in mind. If the BHB have their way we will end up with no more horses like him, for there will be no races for them to run in."

O'Donovan's efforts to win earned him a seven-day ban (from 19 to 25 December) for misuse of the whip after vets found Nuaffe was marked.

Large Action, third in the Champion Hurdle as a novice in March, strengthened his claims to next year's title with a two-and-a-half length defeat of reigning champion Flakey Dove in the Bula Hurdle. The six-year-old gelding, always handy in a slowly-run race, took the lead two out and produced an impressive change of gear to quicken clear of his rivals. But he had to be kept up to his work up the hill, and his trainer Oliver Sherwood said: "The way he put daylight between himself and the others was verypleasing. I just wish he wouldn't give us heart failure once he gets in front."

Flakey Dove, who has never won before the turn of the year, also pleased her connections. She showed great determination to run on for second place from the home turn.

On the downside, Carl Llewellyn will be out for two months after sustaining crushed vertebrae in a crashing fall that claimed the life of Bay Mischief. Adrian Maguire, meanwhile, was badly shaken when he was unseated from Country Lad in the big chase, and missed the winning ride on Billygoat Gruff in the last.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Advisors

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This winner of the best new business in Shrops...

Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This winner of the best new business in shrops...

Recruitment Genius: Account Manager - Email Marketing Services

£18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company are looking for a highly or...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant - Manchester

£18000 - £23000 per annum + competitive: SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultan...

Day In a Page

Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders