Federici wins Ulster Grand National at Downpatrick

Adrian Heskin rode Federici to victory in the 2016 Ulster Grand National
Adrian Heskin rode Federici to victory in the 2016 Ulster Grand National

Federici made the 420-mile round trip from Enda Bolger's County Tipperary yard to claim victory in Sunday's Ulster Grand National at Downpatrick.

Ridden by Adrian Heskin, the 7-1 shot stayed on strongly from the final fence to win by five-and-a-half lengths.

Previous course winner The Mooch was the 10-1 runner-up with 7-2 favourite Futuramic in third place.

It completed a double for Bolger and Heskin following Lofgren's win in the opening Maiden Hurdle.

Bolger celebrated a winner at the Cheltenham festival on Friday when the JP McManus-owned On The Fringe won the Foxhunter Chase for the second year running.

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