Merry Gale impressed when making all the running to overturn odds-on Klairon Davis at Fairyhouse yesterday.

In a two-mile limited handicap, sponsored by the owners of Klairon Davis, Merry Gale gave an exhibition of jumping with Conor O'Dwyer aboard to win his fifteenth race for local trainer Jim Dreaper.

Now the winner of more than #200,000, Merry Gale was only entered for the race at the last moment when Dreaper noted there were just two entries made for the #15,000 contest.

Merry Gale (7-4) began to pile on the pressure after four out from the 4-7 favourite, whom Richard Dunwoody conceded was struggling from the home turn.

''You might not see the best of Klairon Davis on this heavy ground,'' said Dunwoody.

''We were struggling from the turn in as Merry Gale really opened up over the trip,'' the jockey added.

Klairon Davis will have just one more run before attempting to regain the Queen Mother Champion Chase title at Cheltenham according to trainer Arthur Moore.

Dorans Pride is reported on target for Naas tomorrow by trainer Michael Hourigan, who watched his 17-year-old son, Paul, guide the favourite Don't Waste It to an easy win in the First Crack Handicap Hurdle.