Robbie McNamara's training career gets off to dream start with Cork double
Published 09/07/2016 | 07:57
Robbie McNamara made the world of national hunt racing sit up and take notice by saddling two winners at Cork as his training career got off to a stellar start.
McNamara, whose riding career ended after he suffered severe spinal injuries in a fall in Wexford in April 2015 leaving him with no movement from the waist down, had his first four runners under rules last night and ended with a 50pc win rate.
The 27-year-old got off to the perfect start when former Mark Johnston charge Chadic was victorious in the Mallow maiden hurdle at 12/1 with Conor Brassil.
Chadic carries the familiar colours of Dr Ronan Lambe, silks Robbie carried to victory on many occasions most notably when he rode Silver Concorde to win the Cheltenham Champion Bumper in 2014.
McNamara told RTE Sport: "I rode an awful lot of winners for Dr Lambe and before I got the fall he said he'd support me when I go training.
"I can't thank him enough and he has a lovely bunch of six horses in my yard - I have 19 in total and only four of those were ready to run."
Of Chadic, McNamara added: "He was a little bit clever and minded himself a small bit but has plenty ability and will improve from that.
"He works very well and was a 90-rated Flat horse for a while.
"I'd say he just got a little sick of racing and wasn't in love with the game. The way he jumps he seems to mind himself a small bit, but he schools very well at home.
"He'll progress and while he won't be a Supreme Novices' horse, he could pick up a few races along the way."
McNamara was unlucky not to score with Call Vinnie who was second but more success came in the concluding bumper as Rathcannon (11-4 joint-favourite) raced to a facile five-and-a-half length success.