Darasso outclasses its Fairyhouse rivals | Race News

Darasso scored his class on the Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

With Flame Bearer and Thedevilscoachman both important non-runners, the admirable Darasso shot 7-2 to secure his fifth Graded win for coach Joseph O’Brien and owner JP McManus.

Ridden by Luke Dempsey, the blinkered nine-year-old took the lead for Heaven Help Us early in the straight before being challenged by 3-1 favorite Santa Rossa, who offered to provide his coach Dermot McLoughlin with a third winner in two days.

But Darasso refused to bend in front, galloping hard from the penultimate and lashing the last flight to seal his victory by six lengths.

O’Brien said: “He’s a great horse, he shows up every day and races. That’s all you can ask for.

“He’s a bit below freshman level but all you can ask is that they try their best and it’s a joy to have him around.

“You can go two or three miles in a chase or an obstacle and you kind of know what you’re going to get with him. It’s very unusual for a horse to be like that.

“I don’t know what’s in Punchestown for him. We put him in the Champion Hurdle and he could sneak over there and see what happens, but we’ll see how he does today. today because that was his target.”

Gordon Elliott’s Iberique Du Seuil caused a bit of a surprise in the Donohue Marquees Juvenile Hurdle.

Triumph Hurdle fourth Icarus Allen was all the rage as the 4-11 favourite, but as he moved strongly down the straight his challenge faltered between the final two flights.

Innatendue approached the last with a narrow lead, but Iberique Du Seuil’s 12-1 shot caught him in the air and finished stronger to win by two and a quarter lengths.

“It was awesome and it’s good to have a winner. We had a winner every day and that’s really important,” Elliott said.

“It’s great for Noel and Valerie (Moran, owners) on their local circuit. They’re great supporters, so it’s great.

“We thought before today we would be watching something like the Lartigue at Listowel and I imagine we could be watching the Galway Hurdle.”

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