Dramatic ending – Dortmund Park, Champion Novice Hurdle (Puchestown Festival) 2018

In an incredible Punchestown Festival of high-drama, one of the final acts in the Grade 1 Profile Systems Champion Novice Hurdle…

Travelling in front, dashing grey Debuchet takes a spill at the second-last flight as the field get set for the final sprint to the finish – taking out the strong-travelling favourite Scarpeta and the well-backed Getabird. Not to mention the racecourse railing on the turn into the straight…

All horses and riders absolutely fine in a Grade 1 victory for Dortmund Park – a late developer but a horse with a nice future. Winner of the Michael Purcell Novice Hurdle at Thurles before running down the field in the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival last time out, connections will be looking forward to a campaign over fences next season with this gelding by Great Pretender.

Fences likely beckon for the spn

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