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NEWS: Camelia blooms in Grade 3 heat at Fairyhouse
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NEWS: Camelia blooms in Grade 3 heat at Fairyhouse
on 23 April 2019
The Willie Mullins-trained Camelia De Cotte got back to winning ways at Fairyhouse

Camelia De Cotte got back on the winning trail with a fine front-running display in the BoyleSports Grand National Festival John & Chich Fowler Memorial EBF Mares Chase at Fairyhouse.

The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old was successful on five of her first six starts over fences including victories at listed, Grade 3 and Grade 2 level.

She found the promising Kaiser Black too strong on her latest outing at Naas last month, but back against her own sex in this Grade 3 contest, she was the marginal favourite at 13/8 in the hands of Paul Townend.

Camelia De Cotte was soon bowling along at the head of affairs, with her stablemate and market rival Pravalaguna (2/1) always her closest pursuer under Ruby Walsh.

Pravalaguna closed the gap before the home turn, but Townend cut a confident figure in the saddle aboard Camelia De Cotte and she was ultimately good value for the winning margin of five and a half lengths.

Barra shaped with credit in third on what was her first appearance since winning on her chasing debut at Kilbeggan last July.

Mullins said: “She’s very sharp. You saw more than I did as I just arrived here when they were pulling up.

“Paul thought she was going a little right today, I don’t know why. He said the ground was well watered and it’s a credit to Fairyhouse to produce ground in weather like this.”

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