Carberry can return in style on Ally
PAUL CARBERRY returns to competitive duty with three rides at his local Fairyhouse track today, over six months after he was last seen completing a sparkling Ballinrobe treble in April.
The 39-year-old former champion jockey's recovery following key-hole surgery on a troublesome shoulder was slower than anticipated.
"I knew it was going to take a long time, but I didn't think it would be this long," Carberry explained of the procedure.
"It had to be done and I just had to mind it for a while, but I've been back riding out for a couple of months now, so hopefully I'm fit enough. I can't wait to get back. I've never been as excited to get back race-racing again."
His enthusiasm shouldn't be dampened any after his comeback aboard Ally Cascade in the conditions hurdle, as Noel Meade's Gigginstown Stud-owned five-year-old is fancied to see off its four rivals.
Willie Mullins' Devils Bride is the most obvious danger. Twice successful in summer bumpers, he then won a modest maiden hurdle at Limerick last month, so he is no slouch.
However, Ally Cascade should have a touch more class. He plundered a bumper here in style last autumn, chased home by none other than Jezki on his jumping bow at Naas and then did just enough to lose his maiden status at short odds at Thurles.
While Ally Cascade didn't quite cut it in better company thereafter, the fact that we haven't seen him since January would suggest that he has been given all the time that he needed to mature. If he has, then he should be capable of supplying Carberry with a dream return.
Mullins' relentless winner machine should collect with its remaining two runners on the card, the fellow Gigginstown-owned Rough Justice and Royal Caviar.
The last-named bumper prospect landed its sole point-to-point at its leisure in April, while Rough Justice is deserving of the day's nap vote under Ruby Walsh in the two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle.
Carberry could also have a big say in this aboard Gordon Elliott's Down Royal bumper scorer Moonshine Lad, but the step up in trip is expected to be key for Rough Justice.
A Clonmel bumper victor, the point-to-point-winning son of Beneficial simply looked one-paced when outpointed by Bishopslough over two miles at Thurles recently.