Beacon Edge comes from nowhere to triumph for Noel Meade in Drinmore Novice Chase


Jockey Denis O'Regan won his first Grade 1 for eight years at Fairyhouse

Sunday, November 28, 2021
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Denis O'Regan saddled his first Grade 1 winner since 2013 on board Beacon Edge


Beacon Edge pulled off a terrific comeback after looking down and out at Fairyhouse to deliver a thrilling victory for Noel Meade, writes Josh Graham.
 
Trainer Meade bagged a fifth Drinmore Novice Chase after his seven-year-old stormed home having been fourth at the second last fence to win Sunday’s second Grade 1.
 
Gabynako had looked set to claim the win but two mistakes on the final two summed up a frustrating afternoon for trainer Gavin Cromwell who earlier had watched My Mate Mozzie suffer a similar fate in the Royal Bond.
 
Gabynako’s errors looked to have given Gordon Elliott’s Fury Road the platform to win but Denis O’Regan guided Beacon Edge home in fine style to claim his first Grade 1 victory in the saddle for eight years.
 
After winning the BARONERACING.COM Drinmore Novice Chase, Meade said: “Like everyone else, I thought we were struggling at halfway and we were looking like we weren't at the races. 
 
“I don't think Denis could go any quicker but from three out I thought we were getting back into it.
 
"I started shouting at the second last as the two in front went so quick and mightn't keep it up, and there was not a lot between him and Fury Road over hurdles. 

“My lad jumped reasonably well but going as quick as that, maybe he was struggling a bit on the ground.
 
"You'd have to think three miles is his trip and the three-mile race at Leopardstown over Christmas is the obvious next race for him.
 
"He has a bit of blood on his nose - I've never seen him bleed before, but sometimes they can get that from up high (in his nostril) or sometimes it can happen when they hit a fence. It didn't stop him today anyway."
 
O’Regan last saddled a Grade 1 winner in 2013 on Ruacana at Chepstow and it was a super Sunday to remember for the jockey as he quickly made it a double with a win for Elliott on board Smoking Gun in the Porterstown Handicap Chase.
 
And the 39-year-old said: “A great day, they don’t come around often so I will cherish them. I’m surprised you found [my last Grade 1] it was that long ago.
 
“It’s great, I’m riding for two top class trainers, Noel Meade and Gordon Elliott and that makes a huge difference.
 
“I couldn’t have asked for better today, it was great to win a Grade 1 with Beacon Edge and it was great to deliver a win for Gordon too.
 
“I don’t give myself pats [on the back]. I’m delighted because you can often give one a good ride and finish second or third and no one would ever realise but it’s great when it comes off, I’m just thrilled at such a big meeting.”

 

Like everyone else, I thought we were struggling at halfway and we were looking like we weren't at the races. 

- Noel Meade

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