Walsh catches well-earned break with Corrick success
Corrick Bridge repaid an overdue debt to Ruby Walsh yesterday when he landed the staying handicap hurdle at Bellewstown.
It was the Tony Martin-trained grey's fall over fences at Down Royal last November that left the jockey with a broken leg that kept him out of action for several months.
Walsh rode his usual patient race on the 8/1 shot, which challenged Carutomark at the final flight and forged clear on the run-in to win by two and a half lengths.
Tom Horn led all the way in the hands of Paul Carberry to complete a hat-trick in the Nordman Portable Stables Hurdle.
Noel Meade's five-year-old (4/1 favourite) was strongly challenged by Inspector Clouseau and Priors Gold coming down the straight but beat them off to score by a length.
"I thought I was better off to let him roll along in front as I was thinking Ruby's horse would try and do me for speed. He kept going well to the line," said Carberry afterwards.
Katie Walsh executed a perfectly judged ride to get De Senectute home in front in the www.pacon.ie (QR) Handicap on the six-year-old's return from a year-long lay-off.
She rode a patient race on the Willie Mullins-trained 11/4 favourite, closing up on the run to the home bend and delivering her with a smooth challenge to lead 100 yards out for a two-length victory.
Pat Smullen completed a double when he slipped clear on the Harry Rogers-trained Elusive Ridge in the Glebe House Stud Handicap and then just held off Solent Ridge's flourish by a short head. The jockey had already won on Dermot Weld's filly Oh What A Kitten (11/8 favourite), which was in front all the way in company with Jouster in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden and won their duel by half a length.
Shane Foley, replacing the unwell Colm O'Donoghue, got David Marnane's Maal (5/1) home in a tight finish to the Balbriggan Retail Park Claiming Race, holding off Port Elizabeth's late charge by a head.
At Limerick, meanwhile, the featured Adare Festival Weekend Hurdle went the way of 1/4 favourite Jumbo Rio, which won as expected in the hands of Andrew McNamara.
The Edward O'Grady-trained son of Captain Rio was recording his seventh career victory and his second around the course.