Tralee jockey Bryan Cooper, fresh from his magnificent Cheltenham exploits the previous week, scored a shock win at Navan on Monday on 9/2 chance Nearly Namad, for his retaining stable of Dessie Hughes, defeating the hot pot 4/9 chance City Slicker by over nine lengths.
Making most of the running, and getting his fractions spot on, he just led at halfway, travelling well two out, he looked in complete command at the last, finding plenty from there, he was driven right out, to romp home by nine lengths from Bold Revenge.
Meanwhile,Punchestown Racecourse has just announced a massive increase of €200,000 to the total prize fund for the 2013 Irish National Hunt Festival next month which runs from on April 23 to 27. Both the champion chase, and Champion Hurdle will now be valued at a hugely valuable €200,000 each race.
Tralee native Dick O'Sullivan, General Manager of Punchestown explained "this move is part of our strategy to retain Punchestown's position as Irelands premier jumps festival, which attracts the best horses from Ireland and the UK."