The old saying about an 'ill wind blowing no good' rang true at Newcastle yesterday when Paul Carberry paid a flying visit to record a hat-trick as Denis O'Regan nursed his broken collarbone from Leopardstown.
Howard Johnson was quickly on the phone to the Meath rider when stable jockey O'Regan picked up his injury on Sunday, and having persuaded Carberry to fly across, the trainer provided him with a treble.
Carberry opened his scoring with a confident ride on Stormy Weather (5/2) to beat the odds-on Bocamix by two and a quarter lengths in the juvenile novices' Hurdle.
Winning owner Graham Wylie said: "When Denis got injured, Howard had to move quickly to find a jockey for our runners today.
"We wanted an experienced jockey for Door Boy and of course we could not ask Paul to come over just for one ride."
O'Regan is expected to be out for about three weeks, and Wylie went on: "We like Brian Hughes and Ryan Mania so hopefully they will ride for us, but we will be having runners down south too so we will get the best jockeys available."
However, Carberry picked up a one-day (February 8) ban for using his whip in the incorrect place aboard his first winner of the day.
Door Boy (4/9) made a successful debut over fences at Aintree in November and jumped well again yesterday, heading long-time leader Fabalu at the fourth-last and going on to win the novices' chase by one and a quarter lengths. That does not reflect his superiority, however, as he had gone five lengths clear on the run-in only to be eased right down in the last 50 yards.
Johnson said: "This is a nice horse, but wants good ground. He jumps well, I think his best trip will be two miles, five furlongs and I want to run him in the Jewson at the Festival.
"So although I don't usually run my horses quick after a run, I might run him at Doncaster a week on Saturday as it will give him a better chance of getting in."
Carberry made it three for the Johnson stable when Blacks Bridge, who is also owned by the trainer, took the novices' handicap chase.
There was little between Blacks Bridge (11/4) and Ockey De Neulliac at the final fence where the latter fell, leaving the Johnson runner clear of Pamak d'Airy as he triumphed with six lengths to spare.
Johnson added: "Paul said he would have won anyway, but said he would be better on better ground and that we should stick to two miles with him."
Team Johnson were expected to strike again in the novices' hurdle but 1/2 favourite Washington Irving was beaten by Karen McLintock's Bygones Of Brid (3/1) in the hands of Graham Lee.
Wylie said of Washington Irving: "You can't win them all. The ground was a bit too heavy and he was a bit novicey. Paul said a bit shorter trip would suit him."
Johnson and Carberry had to be content with another second place when Jack The Blaster was beaten a neck by Jim Goldie's 7/1 chance Stormin Exit, who was given a splendid ride by James Reveley in the handicap chase.
Goldie completed a double when Grandad Bill (4/1) won the handicap hurdle in convincing fashion under Richard McGrath.