Petit Mouchoir runs away with Ryanair prize at Leopardstown

Thu 29 Dec 2016

Petit Mouchoir ran out an impressive winner of the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown.

A faller three flights from the finish when appearing to hold every chance in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle last month, Henry de Bromhead's charge was a 6-1 shot for this Grade One contest, with last year's winner Nichols Canyon the 2-5 favourite to provide Willie Mullins with yet another winner over the festive period.

Bryan Cooper sent Petit Mouchoir straight to the lead, with Nichols Canyon his closest pursuer throughout the two-mile journey.

The big two raced towards the second-last almost as one, but Petit Mouchoir jumped it the better and found another gear to leave Nichols Canyon and his three other rivals trailing in his wake.

He had the race sewn up approaching the final flight and skipped over it to seal a a seven-length success.

Nichols Canyon battled on for second ahead of Ivanovich Gorbatov in third.

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