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Dylrow lands Down Royal Hunters Chase at 25/1

David Christie combined with young Wexford native Jordan Gainford to land the Bluegrass Hunters Chase at Down Royal with Dylrow.

The 25/1 shot stayed on the better from the last fence to get up and deny the Willie Mullins trainer Billaway with Edwulf finishing a further three and a half lengths behind.
The Ray Nicholas-owned gelding is only a recent recruit to the point-to-point circuit having only had run between the flags when winning an Open Lightweight at Kirkistown by four lengths.
The nine-year-old was previously in training with Robert Hennessy where he won three races before joining David Christie.
Burning Ambition who shared favouritism with Edwulf made a bad mistake early in the race and unseated his rider.
“Neither of my horses [also saddled 11th placed Marinero] would have liked that ground and I said beforehand if we could get into the first six or seven, we'd have run well,” said Christie when speaking to IrishRacing.com.
“Everywhere you looked in the paddock there was quality. I told Jordan (Gainford) to put him to sleep early and to ride a race as it suits you, stay cool. His best weapon is his turn of foot and I told him to keep it up his sleeve for as long as possible.
“Jordan rode him brilliantly and is going to go a long way. He's a sort of horse that cods you a little bit, you think there's nothing left but there is when you go for him - he has that nice, lazy way as well as two-mile pace.
“He stays well too and his jumping was superb. He'd want nice ground.
“We'll take one day at a time but there are plenty of scalps taken today. A lot of the other horses have been to the well and looked good in open point-to-points but when they come back between the rails it can be different.
“My horse is just as happy here as in the point-to-point, but I never expected him to win.”

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