No Full runs rivals ragged

NO FULL, last seen when falling at the sixth in the Aintree Grand National in April, made a fine seasonal debut when running his rivals ragged in the Jet O’Carroll Memorial Novice Hurdle at Listowel yesterday.

Fears two miles would be far too short for Eoin Doyle’s charge proved unfounded, with the testing conditions proving a great leveller.

Shay Barry had him away like a rocket and No Full maintained a relentless gallop throughout to score unextended by 1l lengths.

Doyle trains at Mooncoin, Co Kilkenny and currently has 20 horses in his care. “Fair dues to Shay, he got a freebie at the start”, said Doyle.

“He has to go left-handed and will stick to hurdles for the moment. He might run in something like the Paddy Power at Leopardstown at Christmas and we will think about bringing him back to Aintree again for the National.”

Davy Russell put up 2lbs overweight on Keys Pride in the Dawn milk Handicap Chase, but was worth every ounce of that.

He gave her a superb drive, producing the eight-year-old with impeccable timing to join issue with Nine O at the final fence, before forging on on the flat.

Winning trainer, Stephen Ryan, said: “She’s now won at all three Kerry tracks. She’s a great mare and every small yard needs a mare like her.

“You have to bring her with one run and I am delighted with Davy. He’s a top man.”

Ruby Walsh rode his sixth winner of the week with a typical drive aboard Tony Martin’s Northern Alliance in the Guinness Beginners Chase.

He put his charge to sleep, while market-rival, Footy Facts, never really settled, pulling his way to the front with a circuit to cover.

Philip Enright had little choice but to allow Footy Facts stride on, but had little left when Walsh launched his challenge rising to the last.

Commented Martin: “I couldn’t be happier with my horse, he’s a natural jumper.”

China Rock, owned by Cork property developer Michael O’Flynn and trained by Mouse Morris, made a successful debut over flights in the first division of the John J Galvin Maiden Hurdle.

Ridden by Kerry National hero, Paddy Flood, China Rock headed long-time leader, Gypsy Scholar, two out and soon asserted control.

Said Morris: “He was weak last season and is just coming to himself. He will stay over hurdles this season, but will be a chaser in time.”

Copsiano, representing the China Rock team, was a major order to take the second division of the same contest.

He was available at 3-1 in the morning and was taken from 2-1 to 5-4 on track, but his jumping left a lot to be desired and the favourite was well beaten coming away from the third last.

Beneficial Spirit led here and then survived a blunder at the final flight, holding on close home to beat Emergency Exit by a head.

The layers got a screamer when 25-1 shot Harbour View, trained by Patrick Hayes, took the John Fletcher Memorial Handicap Hurdle.

Beautifully handled by Robbie Colgan, Harbour View hardly came off the bridle to easily beat Burren Bob, whose cause wasn’t helped by getting it all wrong two out.

Hayes is a brother of well-known flat jockey, Chris, and is based at Shanagolden, Co Limerick. He’s had three winners previously as a restricted trainer, but this was his first as a public trainer.

Baltiman, carrying the colours of Cloyne, Co Cork businessman, Cyril Wall, made every yard of the running for Tom Doyle to land the L M Carey and Company Beginners Chase.

Heavily-backed favourite Total Victory had ranged up as a big danger when falling at the second last.

Said winning trainer, Susan Finn: “He loves being in front and loves the ground. We were worried he might need the run, but is more of a man this season.”

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