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Flash De Tauzaine

Flash De Tauzaine stayed on well to take second place behind Farceur Du Large in the two-mile-five-and-a-half-furlong rated novices’ chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday. Settled towards the rear of the field early on and towards the outside, he jumped his way up just behind the leaders as they raced up by Ballyhack. He made a fairly significant mistake at the fifth last fence, but it didn’t knock him back much. He wasn’t great at the fourth last or at the third last either, and he came under a ride as they raced around the home turn. He had dropped back to fifth at that point, and it looked like he was a spent force, but he stayed on really well from the top of the home straight to move into second place by the time they got to the last, and he kept on well up the run-in to get to within three lengths of the winner by the time they got to the winning line, coming nine lengths clear of third-placed Millen To One.

It was a nice performance by Liz Doyle’s horse, on just his third chase, down significantly in grade after running in two well-contested beginners’ chases. The handicapper gave him a mark of 122 after this, and that is a mark that is more than workable. He could improve for a step up in trip to three miles, he won his maiden hurdle over two miles and seven furlongs, and he will probably continue to be at his best on right-handed tracks.
Fairyhouse, 9th January 2022