Racegoers were treated to a display of vintage Paul Carberry on the opening day of the new jumps season in Ballirnobe last night as former champion Paul Carberry completed a magnificent 927/1 four-timer on Six Stone Ned, Fairymount Lord, Turnonthegas and Corskeagh Royale, his first and last winner trained by Noel Meade.
Patient on all three winners, Carberry produced the Six Stone Ned, unable to win a bumper in five attempts, to lead approaching the final flight before beating favourite Passage Vendome, which fluffed the last, by two and a half lengths.
A delighted Meade declared: “I’m the leading trainer for the season,” before explaining: “This horse was unlucky a couple of times in bumpers, in the north when he didn’t get a run and, in Thurles, when he was trying to give lumps of weight to a four-year-old.
” He’ll be a nice chaser and is improving, since he had an operation on his wind.”
Up 8lb. for a recent win, under Carberry at Wexford, Fairymount Lord followed-up in the Killeen Sports Grounds Handicap Hurdle, under another patient ride by the Meath man.
Fairymount Lord, which is trained by Adrian Murray, had joined Our Nana Rose when he made a potentially costly mistake at the final flight.
But Carberry rallied his mount and the 11/4 favourite stayed on stoutly to force his head in front close home, scoring by a head. The winner is likely to go chasing sooner rather than later.
Carberry clicked again when Turnonthegas provided trainer John Carr with a welcome change of luck in the first division of the Connacht Spring Show Handicap Hurdle.
Once again, Carberry brought his mount through from mid-division and, having taken the lead turning into the straight, soon stretched clear to triumph by seven and a half lengths from Moving On.
Trainer Carr said: “My horses are beginning to run well again and this horse ran well the last day. If he’s okay, he’ll probably go to Kilbeggan on Friday.”
The former champion, who ended an otherwise barren Punchestown Festival with a double on Saturday, pounced late to complete his haul on board Corskeagh Royale, having his first run since November 2010, in the Ladies Day Beginners Chase.
Apparently struggling at the third last, Corskeagh Royale gradually closed on the leaders before staying on from the last to collar Pride Of The Artic and beat him by a neck.
Trainer Noel Meade admitted, “To be honest, he hasn’t been showing that much at home and I thought he might need the run, But there has always been something about him, even if his fencing looks a bit unnatural. It wasn’t the strongest race today. Things went right for him. And, of course, Paul is on song.”
Successful with False Economy in the race last year, Michael Hourigan saddled Run With The Wind, a gamble throughout the day, to win the Treacy’s Pharmacy Hurdle in the hands of Barry Geraghty, sweeping into the lead on the home-turn before beating Primroseandblue by a length.
Hourigan commented: “He’s a good, versatile horse. It’s not many horses that can win a point-to-point first time out and go on ton win a flat handicap at Leopardstown.”
“He jumps fences well, but that’s down the road. He’ll have a holiday now and come back for Galway. It’s nice to get off the mark so early in the new season — we’ve had a few bad years.”
* Kevin Coleman was suspended for two days for careless riding following an incident in the opening maiden hurdle involving his mount Beatsupreme and the Niall Madden-ridden Celestial Prospect.
* Mark Byrne (rider of Callthebigladjimmy) and Gwen Daly (Star Of Boru) were both removed to nearby Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar for observation following an incident three furlongs from home in the bumper in which Byrne was unseated and Daly’s mount crashed.
* Following a course inspection at Tipperary yesterday, ahead of tomorrow’s scheduled fixture, the round course was found to be waterlogged in places and unfit for racing. A second course inspection will be held at 2pm this afternoon to further assess the situation.
* The Turf Club has announced that the Tipperary Foxhounds Lisronagh point-to-point at Clonmel, Co Tipperary on next Saturday, May 5, will now commence at 2.30pm and not as previously advertised, due to the large entry received for this fixture.
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