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Zaidpour graces Fairyhouse

Zaidpour dug deep to claim the Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

Ruby Walsh's mount showed a great attitude in going past fellow joint-favourite Voler La Vedette going to the last, after the star mare had moved smoothly to the lead two out, where long-time leader So Young made a mistake.

The Willie Mullins-trained Zaidpour soon mastered Voler La Vedette, who lost second on the run to the line as Monksland finished well.

A clash with Big Buck's looks in the offing for Zaidpour at Cheltenham in March.

Mullins said: "I think he's improved so we'll go along those lines (Ladbrokes World Hurdle).

"I doubt he'll take on Hurricane Fly next but he'll be entered in all those races.

"He has enough speed for two miles, but he has plenty of stamina, too."