Shane Butler has to look a long way around to see another horsePICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Memories shows class
in commanding win
Report: Fairyhouse, Sunday
I.N.H Stallion Owners European Breeders Fund Novice Handicap Hurdle Series Final (Grade B) 3m, 5yo+
LOTS OF MEMORIES answered the question 'who is the best handicapped horse in Ireland?' in emphatic fashion by running out a ridiculously easy winner of what was supposed to be a competitive €55,000 handicap hurdle.
His trainer Paul Fahey was so confident his seven-year-old was remarkably well-handicapped he waited 113 days to specifically target this race.
"You couldn't give him a prep race for this after he went so well at Christmas, for fear of getting a big penalty," he said. "It was hard to not run him, but we stuck to the plan."
The handicapper is certain to take a stern view when it comes to revising the 14-1 shot's mark of 129.
However that does not worry Fahey, who sees his horse's future in higher company.
"Lots Of Memories will probably go to Punchestown for the 3m Grade 1 now and I might ride him in the charity race if his half-brother He'llberemembered isn't up to it," he said.
Shane Butler's mount made light work of his rivals, powering clear to register a heavily eased down six and a half length victory under the five pound claimer.
Our Man Zebo, a 16-1 chance, got the better of the 11-1 Our Katie in the duel for second and Wounded Warrior was fourth at 5-1.
Lots Of Memories clears a flight of hurdles as he heads to victoryPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
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DANEKING made light work of winning his handicap debut, sitting close to the steady pace set by runner-up Darwins Fox before easing clear between the final two flights to register a three-length victory.
Paul Townend settled the 6-1 shot in third and cruised through the race in the familiar colours of owner Susannah Ricci. The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old was chased home by a pair of 33-1 shots, with False Economy the only horse held-up able to get involved in the finish by taking third. Bally Longford was fourth at 12-1.
"The key was to settle him and we put a hood on to help with that, which worked," said Mullins. "He's a strong horse and though it is coming soon we might go to Punchestown with him. He might be a Galway Hurdle horse."