In-form Paul Carberry brought his tally for the new season to seven when recording a well-executed double on Nodelay and Griesenau at Downpatrck last night.
On Nodelay, locally trained by Colin McBratney, Carberry took his time on the Beneficial mare in the Elvis Tribute Show Mares Hurdle, producing her late to tackle and master Benefit Of Porter on the run-in. Nodelay scored by two and quarter lengths, prompting McBratney to comment: “The ground couldn’t be fast enough for her and I was happy when I walked the track at lunchtime.”
He added: “She’s a good filly and Paul gave her a great ride. She’s a lot stronger and seems a better mare this year. She made them look ordinary today.”
Carberry adopted even more patient tactics on the Noel Meade-trained Griesenau, a contrast to the front-running tactics employed on him at Kilbeggan last time, when he made the running and jumped erratically.
Having come from well off the pace, the former champion delayed his challenge until after the final flight, having tracked the three leaders down to the last. Then, challenging between horses, Griesenau came through to get the better of Moyas Charm by three-quarters of a length.
Winning trainer Meade explained: “He’s a bit of a worrier and, after what happened in Kilbeggan, when he ran on his nerves, I just wanted Paul to get him switched-off and take his time. There’s no better man to carry out those instructions.
“I suppose it was a moderate enough race but Paul sat on him for so long, that there was plenty left in the tank at the finish.”
Like Paul Carberry, Davy Condon has started the new season well and notched his fourth win when Tough Mark, described by his trainer Gillian Callaghan as “a handy horse” recovered from being badly hampered at the second last to get up and beat The Gnathologist and Clonsilla Affairs in the Castlewellan Handicap Hurdle. The trainer summed up the race: “Anything that could go wrong, went wrong and he still won.”
The Amarillo Kid, ridden by Paul Townend, prevailed over Celtic Cailin in a thrilling finish to the Viva Las Vegas At Downpatrick Maiden Hurdle, scoring by three-quarters of a length. Trainer Willie Codd admitted: “I certainly didn’t think we’d have to wait for a maiden hurdle in Downpatrick in May to win with him.”
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