Friday 30 September 2016

Nina Carberry and On The Fringe master the Grand National fences to win the Fox Hunters'

Ashley Iveson

Published 09/04/2015 | 16:47

Jockey Nina Carberry is all smiles after winning the Crabbie's Fox Hunters' Chase on On The Fringe during the Grand Opening Day of the Crabbies Grand National Festival at Aintree
Jockey Nina Carberry is all smiles after winning the Crabbie's Fox Hunters' Chase on On The Fringe during the Grand Opening Day of the Crabbies Grand National Festival at Aintree

On The Fringe gave Nina Carberry a dream outing over the Grand National fences when posting a stylish success in the Crabbie's Fox Hunters' Chase at Aintree.

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In a race which saw a fair number of casualties, an ice-cool Carberry delivered the well-supported 5-2 favourite with a perfectly-timed run to become the first horse since Double Silk back in 1993 to win both the Cheltenham and Aintree hunter chases in the same season.

Any chance of a repeat victory for Warne and Sam Waley-Cohen ended early on with the pair coming to grief at the first, while a fence later Tartan Snow departed.

The field were taken along early on by Bound For Glory, with both Ockey De Neulliac and Pacha Du Polder kept close to the leader's heels.

With little change through the majority of the race, it was not until the run to the penultimate fence where Pacha Du Polder moved into a clear lead.

Although in the driving seat, the Paul Nicholls-trained eight-year-old was merely a sitting duck for Enda Bolger's strong-travelling On The Fringe, who in a matter of strides after the last moved up on his shoulders before taking matters up around the elbow and going on to score by three and three-quarter lengths.

Carberry, who will ride First Lieutenant in the National on Saturday, said: "I was just a passenger, he was loving it.

"It's a great training performance again to get him back here in the same type of form and he travelled like a dream.

"I had loads of room on the outside because I knew if I could get him round I'd be good enough."

Bolger said: "She just had a plan in her head to sit fifth or sixth and keep out of trouble.

"It doesn't always work out like that, but it did today.

"He's always been a good jumper and some day he could run in the La Touche Cup (at Punchestown) as he's good over the banks as well.

"I'm pleased another Carberry has won over these fences after Tommy and Paul."

When asked about the National in future, Bolger said: "The boss (JP McManus) and Frank (Berry) will have a chat about future plans, I'm easy to go in either direction but I'd say keep him going at what he's good at for the time being."

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