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Faugheen does it again and Blackmore provides Leopardstown shock

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

14:45 26 Dec 2019

Faugheen has picked up yet another Grade One victory.

The Willie Mullins-trained 11-year-old won the Matchbook Betting Exchange Novice Steeplechase at Limerick this St. Stephen's day.

His nephew Patrick Mullins was on board to guide the 2/1 shot home.

The 4/6 odds on favourite, Gordon Elliot's Samcro came in second in what was one of the most highly anticipated contests this year.

Meanwhile, there was a shock on Day one of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival.

The Henry de Bromhead trained Notebook won the feature race of the day - The Racing Post Novice Steeplechase - easily.

The 7/1 shot, which is owned by Gigginstown House Stud was guided home by Rachel Blackmore ahead of the Joseph O'Brien trained Fakir D'oudairies and Willie Mullins' Royal Rendezvous.

It was Blackmore's second victory of the day after she guided Aspire Tower home to win the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle earlier on in the day.

The hotly-tipped Laurina, who's also trained by Willie Mullins, had Paul Townend on board but they disappointed as she never really got going and came in fifth, crossing the line at her own pace.

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