Front-running Rare Bob produces another fine jump en route to victoryPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Front-runner Rare Bob lands flawless victory
Report: Leopardstown, Sunday
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TOP-WEIGHT Rare Bob took a richly deserved victory at Leopardstown with an immaculate round of jumping from the front.
Urged into an early lead by jockey Paddy Flood, Rare Bob quickly put three lengths between himself and the field as he ventured into the countryside.
The strategy worked perfectly, as while Rare Bob, sent off at 10-1, pinged every jump his less foot-perfect rivals began to toil behind him.
Coming into the final stages of the race trainer Dessie Hughes will have had the pleasant grandstand view of his horse still in front and a handful of following rivals including Got Attitude, Follow The Plan and Silent Creek all being cajoled along by their riders.
Another perfect jump at the last sealed the race in Rare Bob's favour, and Got Attitude could only continue one-paced into a two-lengths adrift second.
Organisedconfusion came from deep in the field to secure third.
Dessie Hughes, toasting a second consecutive win of the day after Magnanimity landed a surprise win in the preceding Grade 2, said: "I'll probably put him in the Ryanair as there's not much else for him."
"He's ran some good races over hurdles making the running and doesn't mind being in front. It's a good job they let him lead today."