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Rio lands Auction pot

Sizing Rio (4/5) landed short odds in the Grade 3 'For Auction' Novice Hurdle at Navan on Sunday.

Plenty was expected of the Fairyhouse maiden winner ahead of his step up in grade and Andrew Lynch ensured that the four-year-old was not going to be undone by any tactical moves as he had him sat at the front of the pack from flagfall.

Initially taken on for the early running by the Irish Grand National winner, Organisedconfusion, the gelding seemed not to be perturbed by Arthur Moore's charge and was soon in a steady rhythm.

Lynch looked to have all bases covered as he started to pull clear of his rivals after jumping the fourth last but a moderate leap at the next offered a chink of light to the others and Ted Veale, who had sat well of the pace, made headway from rear.

A good jump at the last was to seal victory for the favourite as he picked up willingly to the line to score by a length-and-a-half.

De Bromhead said: "That was good and I'm delighted with it. Andrew said that he was a bit hard to get around the bends in front.

"He is real galloping horse and the faster they go the better he is. He is a big raw four-year-old and he is a real horse for the future and fences. We will give him a break now and probably bring him back for Leopardstown at Christmas.

"Hopefully there won't be a problem with him going left-handed there. He is not entered in the Royal Bond and I think he will be better on better ground."