Triumph Next For Impressive Unaccompanied

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Trainer Dermot Weld and owners Moyglare Stud Farm are accustomed to success at the highest level on the flat, but in impressive Leopardstown winner Unaccompanied they now have a horse capable of winning the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

The daughter of Danehill Dancer is now a top price 8/1 with totesport and Paddy Power for the extended two-mile novice contest, after putting in a slick round of jumping to defeat a strong field in the Grade 1 Tote Jackpot Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown.

The filly ran out a convincing three length winner on only her second start over hurdles, impressing Weld, who said: " The Punchestown race she won was weak and she had to do what she did today. I told Paul to go and see if she stayed, he kicked on before the last as planned and she ran all the way to the line.

" She's got to be Triumph Hurdle bound after that."

The filly was lightly raced on the flat as a three-year-old, and after winning two modest contests at Galway and Killarney the horse ran a respectable race in the Irish Cambridgeshire, before embarking on a national hunt career.

With Willie Mullins's Scolardy in 2002 the only Irish trained winner of the Triumph Hurdle since Commanche Court in 1997, the improving Unaccompanied must have a great chance of putting that record straight next month.

Only Grandouet, at 6/1, is a shorter price for the JCB sponsored contest, and in what looks a fairly weak renewal Unaccompanied is likely to go off much shorter than his current price on the day of the race.

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