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  • 15:25 Paddy Power Shops Better Value Novice Hurdle 2m

  • (Grade 2) €42,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner €27,300 2nd €7,980 3rd €3,780 4th €1,260
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 56.50s
  • Off time: 15:26:30

Philip Fenton enjoys Naas winner

Last Updated: 23/02/14 4:12pm

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Philip Fenton: Naas winner

Philip Fenton: Naas winner

Philip Fenton enjoyed a welcome change of fortune at Naas as Real Steel claimed Grade Two honours in the Paddy Power Shops Better Value Novice Hurdle.

Fenton has been in the headlines in recent days after being charged with possessing unlicensed substances, including anabolic steroids, following a visit to his yard by the Department of Agriculture in January 2012, with a court case adjourned until next month.

The Gigginstown House Stud-owned Real Steel was a 7-1 shot for what looked a competitive event and knuckled down well to beat Willie Mullins' 13-8 favourite

Vicky De L'Oasis by three and a quarter lengths. Minella Foru made late headway to grab third.

Fenton said: "He was the lowest-rated horse in the race and I didn't think he was capable of winning.

"He's improved and he jumped better today.

"He's a huge horse and he'll be a chaser for next season."

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