KLASSICAL Dream battled back gamely to fend off fellow Willie Mullins-trained stablemate Aramon and win the Grade 1 Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown.
Thriller! Still unbeaten for Willie Mullins, Klassical Dream battles back to deny stablemate Aramon in the Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle at @LeopardstownRC #DRF— Racing TV (@RacingTV) February 3, 2019
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The French import won on his debut for the yard at Christmas and was sent off the 9/4 favourite for this two-mile heat.
Ruby Walsh caused a minor surprise when opting to ride Klassical Dream and it looked like he had got it wrong at one stage as Aramon and Paul Townend made a late charge and went a neck in front.
With Aramon looking sure to add a second Grade 1 to his tally, Walsh conjured up a fantastic final effort from Klassical Dream and it was enough to see him prevail by a head.
Gordon Elliott’s Vision D’Honneur was kept wide throughout by Jack Kennedy and while he briefly looked a threat at the top of the straight, he eventually finished a well-beaten third.