Carberry kicks off training career
Published 08/03/2013 | 17:16
Nina Carberry will saddle her first runner as a trainer as Peak Raider lines up at Gowran Park.
Widely regarded as one of, if not the most talented female jockey in National Hunt racing, Carberry partnered Arthur Moore's Organisedconfusion to win the 2011 Irish Grand National and has also ridden four winners at the Cheltenham Festival.
While she has no intention of hanging up her riding boots just yet and will be back in the saddle at Prestbury Park next week, she takes on a different role this weekend as Peak Raider, formerly trained by her father Tommy, takes his chance in the Shamrock Handicap Chase. Davy Condon rides.
Carberry said: "I'm looking forward to it and hopefully he should run well. His last few runs have been a bit disappointing, so I'm just hoping he can improve a bit. He's the only horse I'm training at the moment, I have a few younger horses of my own. I'm doing a bit of buying and selling and that's the main reason I've taken the licence out."
Peak Raider faces no easy task in the feature event of the day at Gowran Park, with the weights headed by last weekend's Leopardstown scorer He'llberemembered.
His trainer Paul Fahey said: "You never really know until you run them, but he seems to have taken the race the other day very well. Looking at him at home, he seems in the same form today as he was this day last week, so hopefully he'll be all right.
"With the better horses going to Cheltenham, hopefully it's a good chance for us to pick up another nice pot. The ground will be more testing than last week, but I'm not overly worried. I don't think he's really ground dependant."
Nina's brother Paul rides leading contender Barneys Honour in the same race for trainer Gordon Elliott.
Elsewhere on the card, the Willie Mullins-trained Are Ya Right Chief is bound to be popular as the recent Thurles winner makes his debut over fences in the Support Kilkenny GAA Raceday On 23rd March At Gowran Park Beginners Chase.
The Tetratema Perpetual Cup has attracted a decent field of hunter chasers including Mullins' Boxer Georg and Declan McNamara's Mossey Joe. A host of previous winners from the point-to-point sphere make their debut under Rules in the concluding Bennettsbridge Point-To-Point INH Flat Race.