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Grade 1 Glory for Battleoverdoyen as Irish Pointers dominate

For the fourth year running, the Lawlor’s Of Naas Hurdle, the first feature race of the calendar year in the Irish jumps calendar was claimed by an Irish point-to-point graduate, as Battleoverdoyen enhanced his reputation in the Grade 1 contest.

Entering the 2m4f contest with a Punchestown bumper and Navan maiden hurdle victory to his name already this season, the six-year-old son of Doyen was sent off as the 2/1 favourite, and he always raced on the heels of the leaders in the hands of Jack Kennedy.
 
Making his move early in the home straight, a big jump over the second-last flight, saw him emerge with the advantage, and whilst he was slightly awkward over the final fence, the Gordon Elliott-trained Giggistown House Stud-owned bay had plenty left in the tank as he went on to score by two and a-half lengths. 
 
Former Irish Pointers dominated the race, with Sam’s Profile, who had won a four-year-old maiden at Cragmore in February for Mick Goff, returned in second, with the placings completed by Getareason, the Getaway gelding that had finished second in a four-year-old maiden at Punchestown for Warren Ewing.
 
Battleoverdoyen himself made a winning debut between the flags, becoming yet another high-class individual to emerge out of an Easter Loughanmore four-year-old maiden, winning at the Antrim course for Jerry Cosgrave, after which he was bought by Elliott for £235,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham April Sale.
 
Following his first Grade 1 success, Battleoverdoyen is now a 6/1 shot for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
 

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