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Realt Mor - Fairyhouse 31.03.2013

Realt Mor puts in another good jump under Davy Condon

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Realt Mor charges to Powers Gold Cup success

Report: Fairyhouse, Sunday

Powers Gold Cup (Grade 1) 2m4f, 5yo+

GORDON ELLIOTT and Davy Condon, who teamed up for Cheltenham Festival glory with Flaxen Flare in the Fred Winter, enjoyed more big-race success on Sunday when Realt Mor captured the Grade 1 Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse.

The eight-year-old, who returned at 10-1, built up a huge lead in the early stages of the race and held on to deny 11-4 favourite Dedigout, who rattled home.

Mikael D'Haguenet, representing the Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh combination, was third at 3-1.

Like Flaxen Flare, Realt Mor runs in the colours of Pat Sloan and was recording by far the biggest win of his career.

Much of the credit for that goes to Condon, who has ridden the son of Beneficial on his two starts for Elliott since switching from Nicky Richards' stable.

The jockey was soon clear as the tape went up, with his rivals seemingly content to allow him his own way out in front.

That may have proved costly. Despite their lead being reduced approaching the second-last fence, Condon and Realt Mor had enough in the locker to seal victory and the €58,500 first prize.

"He was good at Navan last time and while it wasn't much of a race that day I suppose only a decent horse wins by 25 lengths," said Elliott.

"He has a fair engine and he showed that today. I'm delighted for the owners. We've had a Cheltenham Festival winner and now a Grade 1 winner in a couple of weeks."

Elliott, who said poor jumping cost fourth-placed Mount Benbullen, added of the winner: "I'm not sure whether he will go to Punchestown. I doubt we'll ask him to go up in trip and we might even drop him down in distance."

Tony Martin, who trains Dedigout for Gigginstown House Stud, said: "He's run a good race but probably needs further and deeper ground. He stayed on well but was caught for a bit of toe."

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