In the final strides of the 2m 412f handicap hurdle, Loup De Tallane shot down wide-margin leader Doyen Ta Win to deliver what seemed to be an impossible victory.

The 14-1 second-place finisher, who made all and appeared to have built an unstoppable lead of up to 15 lengths under Kevin Sexton, was edged out by the Eoin Griffin-trained runner by a neck.

But even though €16,581 was staked on Doyen Ta Win at 1.01, the eventual victor, coached by Gavin Brouder, sprinted to a thrilling victory.

“We’ll have to call it a well-timed run!” said Griffin. “Turning for home there were some choice words being spoken but it’s brilliant that we got there. It was a very exciting finish.

“I wasn’t sure if he’d love the ground but otherwise I would have been confident he’d run a nice race because he was in good order.”

The win marked the first success for Loup De Tallane in nine starts, with the six-year-old failing to finish his previous two runs. 

Griffin added: “I’m delighted for the lads who own him [David Field and Eddie Alyward] as they’ve had to be very patient with him. He’s had a heap of niggly issues but they stayed loyal when others could have felt like pulling the plug.

“I believed there was always going to be a couple of races in him, so hopefully he can kick on from here.”

Ms. Agartha Yeats made a dream debut for Hugh Finegan and Sean O’Keeffe by winning the 2m 412f novice hurdle at odds of 50-1.

With a flawless jumping performance, the four-year-old filly defied the odds and won by a neck over Abbeydale, pulling far ahead of the competition.

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