Carberry class shines through with Fairyhouse double on comeback
Paul Carberry wasted little time in resuming normal service as he recorded a short-priced double at Fairyhouse on his long-awaited comeback from injury.
The Meath man has been sidelined since April with a shoulder injury which required surgery in July. However, he displayed little signs of rustiness as he made his first ride back a winning one on Noel Meade's Ally Cascade in the opening conditions hurdle. Following the defection of main market rival Devils Bride, Ally Cascade was installed the 1/4 favourite and duly lived up to expectations.
Noel Meade's charge already had the measure of King William when he came to grief at the final obstacle, leaving the market leader to come home 17 lengths clear of Flycorn. "It's great to be back. It's been a long wait," said Carberry.
Former champion trainer Meade said there's a possibility Michael O'Leary's gelding will now go novice chasing.
Carberry looked odds-on to complete a double on the Gordon Elliott-trained Moonshine Lad in the two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle. The rider had just pushed his mount into the lead, but the partnership came down at the second last and this left Harry Kelly's The Housekeeper to coast clear in the hands of Mark Enright.
Luckily the jockey escaped unscathed and he was soon back in the winner's enclosure after guiding Elliott's 2/1 favourite Not For Changing to victory in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle.
Philip Enright was another rider who shone when edging Robert Tyner's Boss Croaker to a narrow success over Troll D'Oudairies in the three-mile handicap hurdle.
The most impressive perfor- mance of the day, though, came in the bumper as champion trainer Willie Mullins unleashed yet another exciting prospect. Heavily backed into 8/15 favourite, Royal Caviar cruised home in the hands of the trainer's son Patrick.