Muirhead rules in Munster National

PAUL CARBERRY produced a typically confident ride as Muirhead captured a dramatic Munster National at Limerick yesterday.

The Noel Meade-trained eight-year-old challenged Bideford Legend in the straight and pulled clear to win by a length and threequarters, with Uncle Junior third.

The first of the two fences in the straight was omitted after mayhem at what was the first obstacle. Glenstal Abbey fell, bringing down Tinakellylad, on whom Tom Doyle suffered facial injuries, and For A Finish.

Meade said: “I don’t know how he got through those fallers at the first. They seemed to come down right in front of him. We got the luck there.

“He has very little mileage over fences. The Kerry National was the plan all along but the ground got heavy for him so we said we would come here instead. He doesn’t like the ground too heavy.

“The Troytown Chase at Navan is a possibility now or the Hennessy in England, the handicapper is hardly going to be too easy on him.

“We spent a whole season with him trying to make him a champion hurdler where he was beaten in a lot of races.”

The opening Isobel Boutique Adare Hurdle went, as expected, to 4/7 favourite Sailors Warn for Edward O’Grady with Barry Geraghty aboard.

The son of Redback was made battle all the way to the line by the runner-up Little Green but he kept on gamely to score by half a length.

O’Grady said afterwards his winner may go for a Grade 3 Hurdle at Punchestown on Thursday.

Knockieran (6/1) made it two in-a-row for Borrisokane trainer Jimmy Finn in the Beamish Stout Handicap Hurdle. The daughter of Oscar won last time out at Listowel by six lengths but only just get the better of Mackey Boy here by a neck. Finn said: “She has had lots of problems and it’s a good job her owner (William Larkin also from Borrisokane) is a vet as she is well looked after.”

Royal Reveille landed the odds in some style to make it four wins from five starts in the Greenmount Park Novice Hurdle.

The 4-6 shot made all the running in the hands of Ruby Walsh, who enjoyed an easy success for his father, trainer Ted Walsh.

The hot-pot was always in control and had 12 lengths to spare over Resolute Bay, who was always in second place in a five-runner field.

“He did it well and he was entitled to win like that, the handicapper got it right,” said Walsh senior.

“He might go for a Grade Three, three-mile novice hurdle at Cork next (on November 6).”

Kinsale trainer Ruaidhri Tierney tasted success with Boland’s Corner Oakbruce Properties handicap Hurdle. Sent off at 16/1, the son of Fraam was clear when he collided with the rail on the run-in, but jockey David Splaine did well to regain his composure as he went on to score by eight lengths.

For the second year running the Grade 3, PricewaterhouseCoopers Novice Chase went for export with West With The Wind (3/1), for Welsh trainer Evan Williams, comfortably getting the better of the 1-2 favourite Loosen My Load.

The last race on the card, the STL Logistics Beginners Chase, went to local trainer Michael Hourigan as his False Economy made no mistake on his first start over fences, giving Barry Geraghty a double.

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