did not achieve a great deal over hurdles, but the switch to fences looks to be the making of him.
Nick Henderson's CEANANNAS MOR
came back a sick horse when a bitterly disappointing last of seven finishers when favourite at Fontwell on New Year's Eve, but is back bouncing with a clean bill of health.
After winning a valuable mid-summer chase at Market Rasen, he showed he's on the upgrade when giving Ceanannas Mor
a run for his money at Kempton recently.
Mick Fitzgerald made a winning return to race-riding aboard Ceanannas Mor
at Leicester yesterday.
Mick Fitzgerald, who needed stitches in his forehead after being unseated from Azertyuiop in the main event, gained some compensation when Ceanannas Mor
took the handicap chase at the expense of Handyman for his boss Nicky Henderson.
Meanwhile Mick Fitzgerald made a winning return to race-riding aboard Ceanannas Mor
at Leicester yesterday.
, a full brother to the smart Stormyfairweather, can make a winning debut over fences in the John O'Gaunt Maiden Chase at Leicester.
Last year he managed just the one winner, Stormyfairweather in the Cathcart Chase, but has been assembling a strong team from Seven Barrows for this year and Ceanannas Mor
can be added to the list after his Newbury engagement today.
Coral: 12 Rith Dubh, 14 Ceanannas Mor
, Ibis Rochelais, Silver Steel, 16 Druids Glen, Merchant's Friend, Moor Lane, Oa Baldixe, Royale de Vassy, Samuel Wilderspin, Shardam, Tom's Prize, 20 Carryonharry, I Can Imagine, Kemal's Council, Lanmire Tower, Lord Jack, Red Guard, Spinofski, Timbera, Tom Costalot,
Skybet: 7-2 Barryscourt Lad, 8 Joss Naylor, La Landiere, 9 Horus, 10 Gunner Welburn, Carryonharry, 12 Bold Investor, 14 Spendid, Ryalux, Tom Costalot, 16 Bobby Grant, Run For Paddy, Robbo, Iris Bleu, Ifni du Luc, Dorans Gold, Cool Investment, 20 Gun N Roses, Maximize, Ballybough Rasher, A Piece Of Cake, Quality First, Ceanannas Mor
, Shardam, Haut Cercy, Native Man, Tonoco, 25 bar.
The eight-year-old joined Henderson last season and returned from a 723-day layoff to win a handicap chase at Huntingdon in February, and, on his only other appearance, beat stable companion Ceanannas Mor
in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase.
Favourite Galapiat Du Mesnil finished 11th of the 12 finishers after a serious disagreement with the seventh, while Ceanannas Mor
ran out of gas on the flat after travelling like a winner.