Mala Beach and Robbie Colgan come home clear in the Galmoy HurdlePICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Mala Beach announces World Hurdle claims
John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle (Grade 2), 3m 5yo+
A SHOCK reverse for 1-2 favourite Zaidpour left the Galmoy Hurdle at the mercy of two runners trained by Gordon Elliott and the better fancied of the duo, Mala Beach, ran out a convincing winner.
Elliott's other runner, the 7-1 chance Un Beau Matin led throughout until Mala Beach ranged alongside approaching two out before taking command running to the last for a clear-cut triumph as the 100-30 second favourite, his first in Graded company outside novice races.
Paddy Power trimmed the winner to 20-1 (from 33) for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Third, beaten 19 lengths, came 14-1 shot Jetson with Zaidpour all of 47½ lengths in arrears of the winner in sixth after coming under pressure down the back straight.
Elliott said: "They went no pace in the Grade 1 at Leopardstown last time and that suited Zaidpour but not our horse.
"They went a proper gallop today and the ground also suited. He's in the World Hurdle but it would want to be very soft for him to run. We see him as a three-mile chaser for next season."
Winning rider Robbie Colgan was very impressed, saying: "He felt like he could gallop forever today. I'm delighted to repay Chris (Jones, owner) for being so loyal to me."