Saturday 21 September 2019

Moore shines as Tulsa Jack claims Cork prize for Meade

Noel Meade recorded an across-the-card double, with the success of Tulsa Jack under Jonathan Moore in the Cork Grand National proving the highlight
Noel Meade recorded an across-the-card double, with the success of Tulsa Jack under Jonathan Moore in the Cork Grand National proving the highlight

Richard Forristal

Jonathan Moore enjoyed the biggest win of his short career by guiding Noel Meade's 5/1 favourite Tulsa Jack to an easy victory in yesterday's Paddy Power Cork Grand National.

The gruelling three-and-a-half-miler attracted just 12 runners, the smallest field to vie for its €50,000 spoils since 2009. That will matter little to Moore, a 21-year-old seven-pound claimer enjoying a first win for his new boss.

In deep ground that left the six finishers strung out, he show admirable patience to bring Tulsa Jack through to lead two-out en route to drawing 12 lengths clear of Clarr Na Mionn.

"We always knew he'd stay," beamed Wexford native Moore of Tulsa Jack. "The ground was a bit of an issue, so I just tried to get him settled. He jumped like a buck and when I let him go on up the straight, it was easy."

The winner is owned by the Grand Alliance Syndicate, a coalition comprising Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Progressive Democrat politicians, including former Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett.

Meade was on duty at Naas, where Snow Falcon overcame a blunder two-out to justify 9/10 favouritism under Ger Fox.

"That'll do the horse and jockey the world of good," Meade said after the talented five-year-old's conditions hurdle win. "His jumping is still not brilliant and hopefully it will get better as he goes along. There is the race at Navan but Monksland might run in that and they have the same owner."

Bryan Cooper continued his brilliant run with a 33.5/1 treble on the undercard at Cork. In the Grade Three novices' chase, Lord Scoundrel readily stretched its 100pc record over fences to three. Gordon Elliott's 4/7 shot came home most of three lengths clear to complete a double at the Mallow venue for the all-conquering Gigginstown House Stud firm.

Mouse Morris's Gigginstown-owned Just Cause (10/1) made a taking hurdle debut in the earlier maiden. A point-to-point winner prior to disappointing in two bumpers, the Court Cave five-year-old was far happier with an obstacle in front of him again, producing tremendous leaps at the final two flights when asked by Cooper.

The Kerry-born rider initiated his treble on Tony Martin's Evens favourite Okotoks in the first maiden hurdle, while Devils Bride's game denial of Sizing Granite in the Poplar Chase at Naas ensured that Gigginstown's two-week tally now stands at 17.

His trainer Willie Mullins also took the bumper at Cork with the odds-on Screaming Rose.


The bumper at Naas went to the impressive Loughaderra Prince (13/8) in the hands of Finny Maguire, whose uncle Mick Winters got on the score sheet at the Mallow venue with the 6/4 market leader Perfect Woman.

Mark Walsh's mount was completing a hat-trick, while Loughaderra Prince was the final leg of a sparkling 21/1 treble on the Naas card for Alan Fleming and Barry Connell.

First-time chaser Velvet Maker (11/8) got the ball rolling in impressive style in the hands of Adrian Heskin, while Donagh Meyler initiated a double of his own on Fleming's All You Need (5/2 fav).

At Cork, JJ Slevin's flying visit from his base in England proved lucrative when Richie Rath's Moylisha Tim claimed a sub-par edition of the Grade Three novices' hurdle at odds of 6/1.

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