Thursday 18 January 2018

Carberry run continues with Kilbeggan double

Thomas Kelly

PAUL Carberry is currently enjoying a purple patch and the Meath rider last night continued his good run at Kilbeggan, where he landed a double.

The highlight of his brace was the success of Tom Horn, which made all to capture the T&V Novice Hurdle over three miles.

The Noel Meade-trained gelding beat the well-backed favourite Presenting Nama by two and a half lengths. "I had been a little bit disappointed with some of his runs and that good ground is probably a big help to him," said the trainer, who also owns the winner.

Carberry's second winner came aboard Leonard Whitmore's well-backed Casey Top -- supported from 7/1 into 11/4 second favourite -- as the former point-to-pointer landed the Tyrrellspass Novice Chase.

Carberry was deputising for the injured Bryan Cooper (finger injury) and when Spill The Beans got the last fence wrong, it was left to Casey Top to come through and score by five lengths.

John Ryan is not likely to forget the fixture after the Co Tipperary trainer also landed a double courtesy of Glenstar and Kalico Kim.

Glenstar set the ball rolling when justifying favouritism in the opening maiden hurdle under Robbie Colgan. Kalico Kim then landed the Hurley Family Handicap Hurdle under claimer Declan Bates.

This King's Theatre mare won last time at Listowel on her second start for the yard and she showed a good attitude to get the better of Derrinlanna, which looked to have a slight upper hand.

A delighted Ryan -- a farmer with a restricted licence -- was having his first brace. He remarked: "She's a good mare and she really needs three miles. Gerard (Ryan), the owner, is a life-long friend of mine and he also bred the mare. He'd like to go to Galway with her for a staying handicap hurdle."

Paul Flynn's Archie Boy may be better known as a chaser, but Barry Geraghty's mount showed his battling qualities to edge out the hat-trick seeking Resolute Bay in the Fay Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle.

Irish Independent

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