Fakiera completed with a flourish to say a last-gasp victory within the BetVictor On line casino “Monksfield” Novice Hurdle at Navan.
Gordon Elliott had saddled three of the final 4 winners of the Grade Three contest in Loss of life Obligation (2016), Samcro (2017) and Fury Highway (2019), and this 12 months fired a twin assault, with 4-1 shot Fakiera the obvious second string behind the beforehand unbeaten Farouk D’alene.
The latter, who was the even-money favorite, made a lot of the operating underneath Jack Kennedy, however displayed a bent to leap and hold to his proper and finally weakened to complete fourth.
Fakiera had opened his hurdling account on the fourth try with a slim success at Fairyhouse firstly of the month following three successive runner-up finishes.
He seemed booked for a spot at finest between the ultimate two flights, however powered house within the arms of Keith Donoghue to rise up and beat Hearth Assault by half a size.
Donoghue mentioned: “He did it nicely. He travelled straightforward through the race and was most likely doing somewhat bit an excessive amount of.
“He relaxed popping out of the again straight and I wasn’t in a rush with him as I knew he’d come house nicely.
“Stamina is his factor and he did nicely to win over two miles final time. We all the time knew with a step up in journey that he would enhance.”