Longhouse Poet (Yeats) Wins At Down Royal

Son Of Yeats Wins En Route To Aintree

Longhouse Poet (9g Yeats - Moscow Madame, by Moscow Society) remains on course for the Aintree Grand National after justifying favouritism in Friday’s feature chase at Down Royal.

Racing over three miles and two furlongs, Martin Brassil’s charge was ridden prominently by JJ Slevin and took up the running from three out. Pushed along when headed at the final fence, he was ridden to regain the advantage and kept on well to score by a length and a quarter.

“Longhouse Poet jumped well and handled the ground, which was lovely to see,” said Brassil after the race. “Darragh O'Keeffe gave him a great ride in the Grand National, he had a fantastic round of jumping and all roads lead back there now.”

A fine sixth to Noble Yeats (Yeats) in last year’s Grand National, Longhouse Poet landed a valuable prize in the Thyestes Chase last season and was twice Grade 1 placed as a novice hurdler. Owned by Sean and Bernardine Mulryan, the son of Yeats was purchased privately by connections after winning his sole start for Sam Curling in a Boulta maiden. He is the best performer bred by John Duggan out of Moscow Madame.