Three Stars wins G3 for Westerner

Three Stars (Westerner) jumping the last before going on to win the Novice Hurdle (Gr.3) at Navan

Henry de Bromhead sent out Three Stars (5g Westerner-Hapeney, by Saddlers´ Hall) to take the G3 ‘For Auction’ Novice Hurdle at Navan on Sunday to bring more graded success for Westerner.

The five-year-old, bred by A V Bloodstock, scored by two and a half lengths under Jonathan Burke on soft ground that connections felt would be far from ideal.

“Three Stars did that really well. I thought that he would struggle on the ground. We said that we would hold on to him a bit more today and he stayed at it well. He’s obviously a nice horse. The plan was to give a break after this until the spring. He could still do that or we may just back off him a little bit and then go to Leopardstown at Christmas,” De Bromhead told the Racing Post.

Burke added: “He has a good turn of foot. Anything he does over hurdles will be a bonus because he looks like he could be really good over fences. I was not shocked he won today. I knew he was a nice horse.”

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