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Byline: Brian Fleming

"A GOOD day's work," was trainer Paul Roche's summing up after Anothercoppercoast recorded a first win since landing a Cork novice chase in November 2006 with a courageous display in the Leopardstown Handicap Chase.

Left in front at the fifth-last when Polmar, stablemate of the eventual runnerup and well-backed favourite Jayo, parted company with his rider Katie Walsh, he pulled out all the stops under Shay Barry to scoop the winner's purse of EUR52,080 for Peter and Eileen Queally by four and a half lengths.

Roche said: "This horse was overdue something like that and it was great to have Shay as well. We fancied him the last day in Tramore when [owner] Peter sponsored the race and we found one too good, but that makes up for it. We'll look for another big handicap like the Irish National, but he's not getting any younger."

Barry picked up a two-day ban for using his whip with excessive frequency.

William Hill, Stan James and Ladbrokes introduced impressive winning newcomer Hidden Universe as their 10-1 favourite for the Champion Bumper in March after he powered home without hardly coming off the bridle in the Ladbrokes Cheltenham Bumper Series finale.

However, Dermot Weld was reluctant to commit the grey son of Linamix to the festival race and hinted the yearolder Elequent Concorde, also owned by Dr Ronan Lambe, as a more likely contender for the Cheltenham race.

"I'll run Hidden Universe in a fouryear-old winners' bumper here in a few weeks and that will decide where and what we'll do," said Weld.

"We also have Elegant Concorde, who is an extremely good young horse."

Nina Carberry, who rode the runnerup Timesawastin, was taken to hospital with blood streaming from her left foot. She suffered a puncture wound off the running rail racing down the back straight and clerk of the course Lorcan Wyer said: "Nina will require stitches."

Jessica Harrington went off on a skiing holiday and missed her Roberto Goldback creating another good impression over fences in the Grade 2 MCR Novice Chase.

He accounted easily for Apt Approach and favourite Jessies Dream after which rider Robbie Power, who went on to complete a 371/2-1double on Prince Erik, said: "He's a very good horse and his jumping is a great asset. He travelled real well for me."

William Hill introduced the winner at 25-1 for the RSA Chase with Boylesports going 20-1 and Power added: "If it turned up heavy at Cheltenham I wouldn't rule him out of the Arkle, so I'd say he'll get an entry in both races."

Weld nominated the Pertemps Final for Prince Erik after he sluiced clear to win the 3m qualifier. "He jumped very well and everything went his way and he'll go to Cheltenham for the Final," he said.

Willie Mullins, who saddled the second, third and fourth in the feature, did not go away empty-handed when Shakervilz made a winning bow over fences in the 2m1f beginners' chase. Ridden by Paul Townend, he got the better of Sorceror, whose rider Davy Russell reported afterwards his saddle slipped on the runin.

"He looks a natural recruit to the game, although I was worried the trip might be too short for him. He jumped so well I thought I'd let him take his chance and we'll step him up in grade," said Mullins.

Dessie Hughes was smiling after Rick deservedly opened his account in the 2m4f maiden hurdle under Paddy Flood.

"He's a good horse and he travelled, jumped and stayed well," he said.

"That was impressive. We'll go for a graded race over two and a half miles minimum next."

Star performance Stephen McCarthy, long-term assistant to John Mulhern, for preparing Puyol to land the big prize Quote of the day "Any day you pick up that sort of money is a good day's work" - Paul Roche after winning the Leopardstown Handicap Chase Results and analysis start page 86
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 24, 2010
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