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Jesse Evans outguns Hannon in Killarney

Sun 9th May 2021, 16:10

Jesse Evans, right, covers Hannon's finish
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Jesse Evans fought off a rallying Hannon to give Noel Meade Grade B glory in Killarney.

The five-year-old gelding made headway to close three out and a slick jump at the next saw him improve to lead.

He was challenged after the last by Hannon but responded gamely to win by half a length at 9/2. Hannon had to settle for second at 18/1.

Each-way players saw Mighty Tom come home seven lengths back in third at 10/1. Swelltime was five and a half lengths further adrift in fourth at 16/1 having been backed down from 50s in the morning.

Jockey Sean Flanagan said: "He is obviously a smart horse and his run at Punchestown was his first in a competitive handicap and it has sharpened him up.

"He might need a trip in time or exactly what we have had today, a really strong gallop and the Galway Hurdle could be a possibility."

Additional reporting by Tom Weekes

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