Horse Racing: Carberry struck by injury again

Paul Carberry again stood himself down after aggravating a painful thumb injury when winning on Rathgar Beau at Thurles.

Paul Carberry again stood himself down after aggravating a painful thumb injury when winning on Rathgar Beau at Thurles.

The leading jockey missed out at Leopardstown last Saturday and most of Friday’s card.

But the injury did not stop Carberry from showing his brilliance when pouncing with 5-4 shot Rathgar Beau to get first run on the 11-10 favourite Native Jack in the Irish National Hunt Novice Hurdle before again calling it a day.

‘‘The thumb is very sore and I might give the weekend a skip and wait until next week before resuming,’’ said Carberry after he had cried off Commanche Pride, who was narrowly beaten in the Thurles Handicap Chase.

Rathgar Beau delighted the 22 members of the One-0-Eight Racing Club when getting back on the winning trail under a confident Carberry, who switched his mount to the outer rounding the final bend, was in front over the second-last, and held Native Jack by a length and a half.

‘‘We will look for another novice event for Rathgar Beau whose owners want him to go to Cheltenham for the Gerrard Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Then we will try to win a Flat race or two with him,’’ said winning trainer Eamon Sheehy.

Paul Moloney took over on Commanche Pride only to lose out by half a length to main market rival Take The Lot under a strong drive from Kieran Gaule.

The honours went to champion jockey Ruby Walsh and his boss Willie Mullins, the leading trainer at the course.

Boneyarrow took some substantial money out of the ring when romping away with the opening Cashel Maiden Hurdle to fulfil the promise shown last week at Leopardstown in stronger company.

Boneyarrow (9-10) coasted in 11 lengths clear of 50-1 chance Hollygrove Native, while stablemate Scolardy had 14 lengths to spare over the odds-on Emperors Guest in the Heineken Hurdle.

Willie Mullins indicated that Scolardy, a course-and-distance winner at the end of November, was more likely to wait for the Punchestown Festival rather than going to Cheltenham for the JCB Triumph Hurdle.

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