Fairyhouse double for Meade

Noel Meade was the man to follow on day three of Fairyhouse's Easter Festival with a significant double courtesy of The Fist Of God and Fisher Bridge.

The former's success in the opening Weatherbys Ireland GSB Hurdle set the ball rolling.

The Grade Three contest was rendered less competitive by the absence of likely favourite Ebadiyan, but there was still plenty to like about the winner's performance under a strong ride from Paul Carberry.

The four-year-old was fiercely pressed by the Ruby Walsh-ridden Coffee Tea Or Me in the closing stages, but Carberry proved a belligerent opponent and was a length and a quarter too good at the line.

Meade said: "He's not been working particularly well and he's a bit lazy at home but he's always been like that.

"Paul said that he jumped great and hopefully he'll run at Punchestown now in the Ballymore Champion Four Year Old Hurdle."

Meade completed the brace with Fisher Bridge, who was turned out just two days after running fifth behind Kempes in a novice hurdle here on Sunday.

The Singspiel gelding was sent off at 20-1 for the Ladbrokes.com Handicap Hurdle but finished with a rattle under Niall Madden to score by a neck from his stablemate Silverhand.

Meade continued: "I said to Willie Mullins before the race that he disappointed me here on Sunday.

"But seven and a quarter lengths behind Kempes might not be that bad a run and I only declared him five minutes before the deadline.

"I always thought that he was decent.

"I suppose he might go to Punchestown or he might have a break and go to Galway.

"He is a good-looking horse."

Walsh was soon on the scoresheet when giving Oscar Dan Dan a well-judged ride in the Kevin Brady Car Sales Citroen Novice Hurdle.

Caim Hill appeared to have the Grade Two prize at his mercy when pulling clear between the final two flights.

But Walsh did not panic on Oscar Dan Dan (11-1), trained by Tom Mullins.

After joining Caim Hill at the final flight, he powered away to score by a length and three-quarters.

Mullins said: "We should give half the prize-money to Ruby.

"I thought he would have pulled him up halfway, but he was obviously giving Ruby a better feel than it looked.

"Ruby said they went too fast and that our fellow needs further.

"His form was encouraging up to Thurles where he disappointed, but we felt we had him right.

"If he comes out of the race well, we'll head for Punchestown."

Perce Rock got back on the winning trail in the Tattersalls Ireland Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase under a power-packed Tony McCoy ride.

Tommy Stack's charge, twice a winner over hurdles earlier this season, unseated his rider upon his return to the larger obstacles for the Festival Plate at Cheltenham last month.

Sent off at 3-1 to atone for that slip-up, he struck the front three fences from home, answering his rider's every call to score by half a length from Conna Castle.

Fozzy Stack, son and assistant to the winning trainer, said: "He made his customary one or two mistakes but he jumped the last fence well when he had too.

"He'll go to Punchestown once he can get his toe in the ground."

Tony Martin's Mourne Rambler (8-1) bounced back to form to take the Racing Post Handicap Hurdle in the hands of Robbie Colgan, while Hollow Ranger sprang a 25-1 surprise in the Scotty 33 Cancer Research Handicap Chase.

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