Saturday 16 December 2017

Carberry just Sublime with Ballinrobe brace

Thomas Kelly

PAUL Carberry was the man follow at Ballinrobe last night as the Meath jockey struck with an early double.

The highlight of the brace was the success of Jim Will Fix It, which earned a summer break after recording his fourth win since November in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Hurdle.

The 6/4 favourite made all in the four-runner affair, and got well on top after two out to record a 10-length success over Whats On The Menu.

Afterwards, winning trainer Seamus Roche said he would send his charge chasing next season.

"He'll go out in a field now and will come back for a chasing campaign," said Roche.

"He may have one more run over hurdles and could go for the graded race at Tipperary if the ground is suitable."

Just a half an hour earlier, Sublime Talent showed his Flat speed when storming through late under Carberry to take the opening maiden hurdle.

Early leader Dabeina was reeled in by the field after two out, and 7/4 joint favourite Laganbank looked set to score when taking it up before the final bend with Ruby Walsh oozing confidence.

But the Dermot Weld-trained Sublime Talent, the other 7/4 market leader, quickened impressively on the run-in and ultimately had a cosy length and a half to spare.

Alpine Eagle justified odds of 1/2 in workmanlike fashion under Andrew Leigh in the novice chase.

The Jessica Harrington-trained seven-year-old's chance was greatly boosted by a number of non-runners as well as some indifferent jumping by his rivals.

The two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle produced a thrilling three-way photo-finish, with the Philip Fenton-trained Resolute Bay just snatching the spoils under Robert Jones from Lea Lady and Schinkel (10/1).

The Cecil Ross-trained Westmeath Bachelor overcame an eight-month lay-off to comfortably capture the Hollymount Nursing Home Handicap Chase under Barry Cash.

Irish Independent

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