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Typical Thomas an atypical winner of dramatic beginners'

Typical Thomas is left clear at the last Typical Thomas is left clear at the last
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Typical Thomas (10/3) was a fortunate winner of a dramatic Moyvalley Meats Beginners Chase in the hands of Peter Smithers

A second winner on the card for Dylan Thomas, the six-year-old was always prominent but looked beaten in third on the run to the last.

It was all change at that final fence, though, as the leader Natural Look came down and Nottodaybobo in second, was hampered by that one's fall and unseated rider. In behind market leader Dutch Schultz was also a casualty as Typical Thomas was left to come home eight lengths in front of Construct

James Fahey, who trains the winner for Heather Heffernan, said: "When your luck is in, it's in. He was probably going to be third.

"We were just hoping that it wouldn't come too quick after Downpatrick and it looked crossing past the stable-yard that it probably had taken it's toll on him.

“He got lucky and once everyone else got up that's the main thing. “He'll get a little bit of a break now but as soon as the rain starts he's going out. 

“We might just freshen him up and look for something across the water. He's obviously tired there and Downpatrick took a toll. We'll see how he is over the next couple of weeks and he might go to England.” 

Quotes from Gary Carson

About Mark Nunan
Mark has followed racing since he was a teenager and worked for many years as a broadcaster with the Irish version of Racecall. He joined the Press Association in 2019 and is also a contributor to the Racing Post. A native of Kildare, he now lives in Sligo.