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Kylemore Lough lands Gold Cup at Fairyhouse

Eventual winner Kylemore Lough, right, with Barry Geraghty up, jumps the final hurdle alongside Outlander
Eventual winner Kylemore Lough, right, with Barry Geraghty up, jumps the final hurdle alongside Outlander

British raider Kylemore Lough claimed Grade One glory for trainer Kerry Lee in the Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse.

The Herefordshire-based trainer has enjoyed a fantastic first season having taken over the licence from her father, Richard, most notably landing the Coral Welsh Grand National with Mountainous.

Kylemore Lough (7-4) has been another of the stable stars, winning four of his five previous starts over fences, but he faced a sharp rise in class in this two-and-a-half-mile feature.

Racing in the hands of Barry Geraghty, Kylemore Lough jumped smoothly and tracked hot favourite Outlander into the home straight.

There was little to choose between the market principals jumping the final fence, but Lee's charge had more to give on the run-in and galloped on for a one-length success.

The Willie Mullins-trained Outlander ran a perfectly respectable race in second, turning out just 10 days after falling in the JLT Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Geraghty was completing a Grade One double having earlier landed the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final aboard Jer's Girl.