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Punchestown News: Fairyhouse: Heroes favourite for RSA after Drinmore romp

Posted: 29th Nov 2015


No More Heroes: is the 5-1 favourite for the RSA Chase

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann: (racingpost.com/photos) 

Heroes favourite for RSA after Drinmore romp

Report: Fairyhouse, Sunday

Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase (Grade 1), 2m4f, 4yo+

THREE sets of maroon and white silks were supposed to give commentator Dessie Scahill a tricky task in this Grade 1 contest, though the maroon cap with a white star worn by Bryan Cooper was the clearest sight of all as No More Heroes ran out an impressive winner of the Drinmore.

The six-year-old's success marked a Grade 1 weekend double for Cooper, who rode Henry de Bromhead's Identity Thief to success in Saturday's StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle on the pair's first visit to Newcastle.

Paddy Power and Betfred were both suitably impressed, with both firms moving him ahead of More Of That in the RSA Chase betting to 5-1 favourite.

Gordon Elliott's exciting novice chaser made it two wins from two starts over the larger obstacles with an impeccable round of jumping and there was never too much doubt in favourite backers' minds.

Sustained gamble foiled

In fact, No More Heroes' followers were probably most concerned prior to the off, when a sustained gamble came for Elliott's other runner, the J P McManus-owned Free Expression, but Barry Geraghty's mount never troubled the winner.

Elliott, who won the race in 2013 with this year's leading Gold Cup contender Don Cossack, would have been confident of No More Heroes' fate turning into the straight as Cooper quickened three lengths clear of nearest pursuer Monksland.

In keeping with his jumping on the previous circuit, the Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding produced two more excellent leaps at the final pair of obstacles to land a comfortable two-and-a-half length win over Monksland, with Free Expression finishing a laboured third.

'Chasing his game'

Elliott said: "He jumps and stays. Over hurdles he spent a lot of time in the air and he's always looked like chasing would be his game. He's a tough horse and was a bit unlucky in Cheltenham last year.

"Bryan said he was nearly jumping too well today - that they did not go quick enough for his jumping. I'd say the longer he goes the better he'll be, and I'd imagine he'll go over three miles at Christmas.

"I'll have to talk to the owners but he could go for the Grade 1 at Leopardstown or the Feltham at Kempton is another option. Something might travel over for that to keep Don Cossack company."

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