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Saturday 3 December 2016

Meyler steps up to claim national victory

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Published 10/10/2016 | 02:30

Meyler made the most of his spare ride as Lisa O’Neill was down to ride Gordon Elliott’s charge. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Meyler made the most of his spare ride as Lisa O’Neill was down to ride Gordon Elliott’s charge. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Gigginstown might be running into injury problems with their jockeys, but their understudies are clearly up to the task as Donagh Meyler showed by guiding Tiger Roll to victory in yesterday's JT McNamara Munster National Handicap Chase at Limerick.

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Meyler made the most of his spare ride as Lisa O'Neill was down to ride Gordon Elliott's charge, but she switched to Wrath Of Titans after Bryan Cooper broke his right arm at Fairyhouse on Saturday.

Cooper is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines, Elliott's promising conditional Jack Kennedy has been stood down for two weeks with concussion and former stable jockey Davy Russell is to serve a 17-day suspension.

Tiger Roll (20/1) was one of five in the three-mile feature for Michael O'Leary's crew and the six-year-old put his best foot forward to land the spoils.

Leading after the third-last, Tiger Roll asserted and bounded clear to win by seven lengths from Stellar Notion with Kylecrue third.

Elliott said: "All credit to Eddie O'Leary (Gigginstown racing manager) as I wanted to take him out with the ground drying up. He was right and I was wrong. We have been lucky in all the Nationals this year. Donagh has only had a few rides for us, but has been very lucky, winning the Galway Plate as well."

The race was named in honour of former leading amateur JT McNamara, who died in July. His wife Caroline and their children Harry, Dylan and Olivia made the presentations afterwards.

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