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Saturday 18 November 2017

Carberry shows magic touch with save my blushes success

Jockey Paul Carberry
Jockey Paul Carberry

Thomas Kelly

Save My Blushes landed an unlikely success thanks to the perseverance of Paul Carberry in yesterday's Kilbegnet EBF Novice Chase at Roscommon. The 7/1 shot looked a forlorn hope when at the back of the field at the fourth-last fence, but Carberry never gave up.

Echo Bob tried to make all the running and still led over the final fence but Carberry (right) conjured a run out of Save My Blushes to win by half a length. "Carberry was unbelievable on Save My Blushes. I thought he would be pulled up at one stage," said trainer Paul Flynn.

"Save My Blushes is for sale and is in the Brightwells Horses-In-Training Sales next month but can be bought before then as it would save me the trip over. My wife, Claire Howes, owns him."

Andrew McNamara continues to lead the jump jockeys' table and the Limerick rider partnered his 33rd winner of the season on Having A Cut in the Kiltoom Handicap Chase.

McNamara led two out, with Edward O'Grady's charge eventually holding off top weight Duers by half a length. "Having A Cut didn't seem to come up the hill at Galway the last day and just about got home today where the flatter track suited better," explained O'Grady. "We'll go for something similar again next and it is some compensation for owner JP McManus for the loss of Money Belt, which was put down following an injury suffered at Clonmel."

Tom Taaffe's Steeltown ran out five-and-a-half-lengths winner of the novice hurdle, capitalising from the final-flight blunder by eventual third-placed Lizzie Bennett.

Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning took the Flat honours on the mixed card with a 194/1 double through newcomers in Hurricane Havoc and Gift From The Sea.

"Hurricane Havoc is a nice filly and did it nicely. Hopefully she'll improve and step up to a mile without difficulty," Manning said.

Leading apprentice Ben Curtis took his tally for the season to 31 on 7/2 favourite Headford Lady in the Athlone Handicap and Nicola Walsh (19) enjoyed her first success on Parc Aux Boules (16/1) for trainer John McConnell in the Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Handicap.

Irish Independent

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