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Robin Des Foret

Some were more inconvenienced than others in the two-mile-five-furlong handicap chase at Killarney on Saturday by the two false starts. Kupatana did well to keep on as well as she did to finish fourth, she is a free-going mare who had to have expended plenty of energy before the race started. But Robin Des Foret also did well to finish second. Willie Mullins’ horse was travelling and jumping well in rear for Paul Townend when he was fairly badly hampered by the fall of Fine Brunello at the fence just past the stands. That incident checked his momentum and knocked him back to last place.

His rider gave him a couple of fences to allow him recover his rhythm, and he travelled well into the home straight but he was crowded out of it again a bit on the run to the second last. He picked up well though, he joined the front rank on the run to the last, but he just couldn’t fend off Mortal’s challenge on the run-in.

Robin Des Foret doesn’t win as often as he should, but he remains a talented individual who usually travels well through his races. He is 10 now, and he hasn’t won since he won a novices’ chase at the 2018 Listowel Festival, but he won that race well, he stayed on well from the second last fence to come away from his main rival. That is his only run at Listowel to date, he is one for one at the track, and he will be of interest if he goes back to the Listowel Festival next month.

Killarney, 22nd August 2020

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