What A Native boost for Swan

CHARLIE SWAN, considering having no runners at Christmas after a few of his inmates had performed below expectations of late, changed his mind when What A Native defied top weight in the Molony Cup Handicap Chase at Thurles yesterday.

Explained Swan: “My horses have been scoping clean, but then disappointing on the track. But what do you do? I was going to take this fellow out.”

David Casey, fresh from a spectacular treble at Fairyhouse on Saturday, was aboard and he looked in control of the contest for most of the three mile journey.

What A Native, up 22lbs for winning his previous two races, joined issue with Harry In A Hurry at the second last and was soon in front to easily beat Lord Graney.

“He wasn’t put in the Paddy Power at Leopardstown, because I didn’t expect him to go up so much. The Leopardstown Chase or the Thyestes (Gowran Park) will be next”, said Swan.

“The last time I had a winner, Jesus was a boy-scout”, exclaimed Ken Whelan, after he had partnered the John Joe Walsh trained Island Pride to take the Gift Horse Gallery Horse and Jockey Hotel Handicap Chase.

The eight-year-old, making a belated seasonal debut, but completing a hat-trick of successes, stormed to the front between the final two fences to beat Revue.

“He has been suffering from sore shins and that’s why it took a while to get him back”, said Walsh.

“He will now go to Limerick at Christmas.”

Kevin Coleman gave Pom Flyer a fine drive to land the Horse and Jockey Hurdle for the Francis Flood yard.

Leaving a poor effort at Fairyhouse behind, he was in front at the second last and was always holding High Priestess in the closing stages.

Fran Flood represented his father and reported: “It’s a bit of a surprise, small fields seem to suit him. He’s in the Pierse Hurdle (Leopardstown) and that’s definitely an option.”

Coleman replaced Tommy Treacy, who hurt a shoulder in a fall earlier in the day, on John Morrison’s Mise En Place in the Moycarkey Maiden Hurdle and made the best of the opportunity.

The 14-1 shot gave the layers a decent result, sweeping past market leader Sir Overbury on the run in to score by a length and a half.

Said Morrison: “She was bought for 4,000 Guineas at Newmarket, you couldn’t go wrong at that price.”

After No Complications, uneasy in the ring, had scrambled to victory in the INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Maiden Hurdle his trainer, Paul Nolan, quipped: “He should have been called Five Thousand Complications.’ Elaborating, Nolan revealed: “He’s been very unfortunate, there’s always something wrong with him.”

Robbie Moran produced the winner to lead two from home, but No Complications was then all out to hold Imperial Sun by a short head.

“He will go for a handicap now and, I’d say, will be dropped in the weights after this”, said Nolan!

Noel Meade’s once-raced Mattock Ranger was a strong favourite for the Bumper, 5-2 to 2-1, and duly obliged.

He got a typically powerful drive from Nina Carberry, staying on dourly from the furlong pole to beat Conem.

Meade’s partner, Gilian O’Brien, did the honours and said: “I would imagine he will now go jumping.”

Ballito and Barry Geraghty moved clear heading to the home turn to take the Holy Cross Novice Handicap Hurdle with plenty in hand.

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