THERE was much more drama at Leopardstown on Friday as sizzling favorite and Cheltenham Competition fancy Monalee crashed out within the Neville Lodges Novice Chase.
It left Shattered Love to steer house Jury Responsibility to supply Gordon Elliott with a 1-2 within the Grade 1 contest.
Shattered Love, a 10-1 shot within the fingers of Mark Walsh, was all the time distinguished and had simply taken over the lead when Monalee fell within the again straight, bringing down Rathvinden and in addition badly hampering Dinaria Des Obeaux.
That dramatic incident left Shattered Love in entrance and whereas Jury Responsibility did his greatest to bridge the hole within the straight, Shattered Love gamely held on in entrance.
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Walsh, riding a rare winner in the colours of Gigginstown House Stud, said: “Shattered Love was brilliant. As you can see from the size of her, chasing was always going to be her game.
“She was winging fences down the back, I was in front six out and I just left her there and she was happy out in front.
“I was in front of all the trouble and that’s the best place to be.”
Elliott said: “She’s a big, honest mare. She handled that better ground way better than I thought she would. Mark said she loved it and jumped from fence to fence.
“She was a little bit fortunate as there were a few fallers, but that’s just the game.
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1.50 Newbury – Diable De Sivola: ‘Consistent and will love the heavy ground’ (add to your betslip)
2.10 Haydock – Emperor’s Choice: ‘Mud and a slog is what he wants on a going day’ (add to your betslip)
2.25 Newbury – Shotgun Paddy: ‘Stays all day and has a good chance’ (add to your betslip)
3.00 Newbury – Kilbricken Storm: ‘The drop in trip is no problem and will be hard to beat’ (add to your betslip)
3.15 Taunton – Maria’s Benefit: ‘Impressed at Sandown two runs ago and followed up at Ludlow’ (add to your betslip)
2.45 Haydock – Wolf Sword: ‘Goes in the ground and is gradually improving’ (add to your betslip)
3.35 Newbury – Rocklander: ‘Going to take a bit of stopping’ (add to your betslip)
“She galloped the whole way to the line.
“We’re lucky we’ve got a few nice horse at the minute, so we’re delighted. Jury Duty ran well in second as well.
“We’ll have to have a think about it and see where she goes now. She’s got plenty of different options.”