He's as slow as a hearse," admitted Gordon Elliott after Tarquinius
had landed the 3m1f handicap chase, his second success in four days and a first winner under rules for jockey Davy O'Leary.
10 Fairyhouse Memebers Handicap Chase 3m1f ATR Card page 77 LEOPARDSTOWN Christmas festival winner Tarquinius
bids to start the year how he ended 2012 with a second success in four days.
But after jumping the last Noel Fehily on Tarquinius
loomed up and passed the Master in the battle for the line.
Master Overseer (9-2) is now unbeaten in three handicaps this season, but is hardly the most fleetfooted of individuals and it was simply a combination of his stamina and the determination of his pilot that saw him deprive 100-30 favourite Tarquinius
in a terrific finish.
Gordon Elliott's TARQUINIUS
, up 6lb for his close second to Jadanli in the Thyestes, might take advantage of the 15lb he receives from RARE BOB in the Woodlands 100 Club Leinster National.
The gritty success of Tarquinius
in the 2m5f apprentices' handicap chase brought the jockey's total to nine for the season before the end of the year.
In the Sussex national at Plumpton tomorrow I'm staying with Charlie Mann's TARQUINIUS
And, with Dessie Hughes and stable-jockey Bryan Cooper, above, in top form, he's a confident choice to beat SHELLYS CREEK, raised 5lb for his second to Tarquinius
at Fairyhouse last time.
Gordon Elliott, trainer of Tarquinius
"He loves these heavy conditions and stays like hell.
There's a cracking meeting at Warwick too where I hear TARQUINIUS
is fancied in the 2.
Tr a i n e r G or d o n E l l i o t t yesterday confirmed 8-1 favourite Romanesco and John Smith's Grand National hope Tharawaat, adding that Tarquinius
, the last in the list of 29 horses, would make a three-pronged challenge for the stable if he gets into the race.
WHERE did Lucius Tarquinius
Superbus rule as king from 534-510 BC?