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Racing: Romaha fall denies Mahon repeat treble.

Byline: Down Royal by Jimmy Walker

A DRAMATIC fall two fences from home by Romaha denied Dublin trainer Steve Mahon a treble.

Romaha appeared home and hosed with a 20-length lead when he came to the second-last but crumbled on landing in the three-and-a-quarter-mile chase and it was left to Jack High and Nil Desperandum to fight out the finish of the contest.

Jack High just finished the better in the gruelling run for home and won by two and a half lengths, with the rest nowhere.

Mahon, who had earlier won with the 9-4 chance Gaspar and Hilltop Charmer, who scored at 7-1, said: "I couldn't believe my luck. Five years ago at this meeting I had a treble and I was looking good again."

Jack High's owner, Antrim solicitor Brenda Ross, said: "The plan is to run in the Grand National in three weeks and we're delighted with that." Winning trainer Ted Walsh was on duty for Channel 4 at Cheltenham.

Earlier in the day Jim Dreaper looked set for a double after Doodle Addle defied top weight in the handicap hurdle and Caimin's Caper was backed at odds-on to win the beginners' chase half an hour later, but he failed to catch the front-running Hilltop Charmer, who won with a bit in hand under Roger Loughran.

Dreaper's son Tom, who made a flying visit to ride at the track, said after Doodle Addle scored: "That's my first winner here. I flew in at eight this morning and I'm flying back at six in the morning to Ferdy Murphy's yard. It would have been nice to head back with two but I'm not complaining."

Star performance

Steve Mahon, who almost repeated the treble he recorded on St Patrick's Day at this meeting five years ago but had to make do with a double

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 18, 2006
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