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"There's life in the old dog yet," Arthur Moore assured following the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National yesterday. Just a month after saddling What A Charm to win at the Cheltenham Festival, he yesterday produced six-year-old novice Organisedconfusion to claim the Easter Monday highlight, proving there's an awful lot of life left.

It's impossible to keep a good man down and Arthur Moore just emphasised that as he bounced back from some difficult seasons to claim a poignant renewal of the famous race.

Moore rode the winner of the Irish National on Kings Sprite in 1971 and then trained Feathered Gale to win in 1996 and yesterday provided his niece Nina Carberry with an unforgettable day at the Co Meath venue across from where his father Dan began training ahead of also winning the race as a trainer.


Organisedconfusion became the first six-year-old to win the race since Tartan Ace in 1973 and, sent off a 12/1 shot, was well fancied by many having had a "perfect preparation" for the race according to the trainer.

Dessie Hughes' Deal Done set off a real good gallop and was still there at the second last, but the winner was an impressive one who only had a loose horse for company jumping the last and went on to win by five lengths from another Hughes runner, Western Charmer.

The well-backed and eventual favourite, Sunnyhillboy, was badly hampered according to Richie McLernon yet still managed to finish third and was the best of six JP McManus runners in the race.

Michael Hourigan's A New Story was fifth at 13 years of age and having his 93rd run.

Organised-confusion wasn't even born when A New Story ran over fences for the first time.

Ladbrokes and Boylesports were both in quickly with a quote of 25/1 for the English Grand National next year for Organisedconfusion. However, Moore suggested: "He is probably too young to go for Aintree next year but it would have to be on the agenda at some stage."

On the special occasion of winning the race Moore added: "There's a lot going on here today. I shared the breeding of the horse with Tim Murray, who was one of my first owners, and Alan Dunlop was my second owner ever into the yard so that makes it special.

"Nina is my niece and she now joins Paul and Phillip who have already won the race and my mother is also here today which is fantastic.

"The plan was to be a bit further back but he just raced a bit free early and he then got into a rhythm but stayed out of trouble."

The trainer was clearly emotional after the big race win and stressed his thanks to "brilliant staff," who "just got on with it" during the hard winter.

A delighted Nina Carberry ranked the win above all her other famous victories in the saddle and quipped: "That's the biggest race so far and it's the English one next!"

Carberry paid credit to her uncle for putting the faith in her for the race; "Arthur didn't have to put me up as I'm an amateur but I'm delighted they had the faith in me and it's a brilliant race to win," revealed the 26-year-old.

Carberry added: "It didn't really ride like a National as we were very strung out but I was able to give my lad a lot of light and as a novice he didn't find any problems. I was glad to have the loose horse with me for company."

There's no doubt that Nina Carberry is a professional living in an amateur status, and there is also no doubt in Arthur Moore's opening line of this piece. He's simply evergreen and a gentleman to boot.