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Golden kite scrapes home to give maguire biggest success

Golden Kite gave Adrian Maguire his biggest success as a trainer when making all the running to take yesterday's Ladbrokes.com Munster National Handicap Chase at Limerick.

The 20/1 shot, ridden by 3lb claimer Shane Hassett, was pressed hard in the closing stages by Fisher Bridge, which appeared to be travelling the better, but Golden Kite kept pulling out more to get the verdict by a short head.

Tinakellylad was six lengths away in third, with Duers fourth, while 9/4 favourite Dancing Tornado was never able to get in a blow for Tony McCoy after making several errors.

"I never won this race as a jockey but it's brilliant to win it as a trainer," said Maguire. "Shane gave the horse an outstanding ride and the horse would burst his heart trying for you."

Cornas (11/8) landed the PricewaterhouseCoopers Chase to make amends for falling five out when going well in the Grade Three heat 12 months ago.

While never in any real of danger of being caught, Cornas had to be ridden right out to secure success in his first race since the Punchestown Festival by three lengths from Cruising Katie.

Paul Townend gave Macville a fine ride to prevail in the opening Greenmount Park Novice Hurdle.

Sent off the 4/1 joint-favourite after a recent win at Tipperary, she had plenty to do when Drumfire kicked for home under Barry Geraghty in the straight.

However, Eoin Griffin's recruit off the Flat was scratchy at the final two flights, giving Townend the chance to drive Patrick Neville's six-year-old up the rail for a two-and-a-half-length win.

Irish Independent