Punters rejoice at Tramore as Nina enjoys double delight Thomas Kelly
NINA Carberry came to the rescue of punters at Tramore yesterday as she booted home a short-priced double.
Her first winner came courtesy of John 'Shark' Hanlon's in-form Ardglen, which had won at Limerick earlier in the week.
Despite having to shoulder a mandatory 6lb penalty, the six-year-old made light of top weight as he galloped his rivals into submission on the way to a 10-length victory from Yeoman.
Carberry completed her brace when Flying Light landed a gamble -- being backed from 7/2 in the morning into evens favourite -- by capturing the concluding bumper. Flying Light led over a furlong out and stayed on well to prevail by four lengths from Marshal Dillon.
There was another gamble brought off in the Guillemene Maiden Hurdle when Edward O'Grady's 6/4 favourite Goban Saor held off the challenge of Granaruid under a confident ride from young Paddy Mangan.
Three Monkeys got Philip Rothwell back in the winner's enclosure in the opening mares maiden hurdle. The 20/1 shot benefited from an opportunistic ride from Shane Jackson and held off Coolharbour Breeze and Fairly Definite by three lengths and two lengths.
Emmet Mullins, who fell from Riltree at the first here, was stood down for the remainder of the day.
Another winner to make all was the John Ryan-trained Foil Dubh, which showed real guts under Robbie Colgan to edge out favourite Wee Giant by half a length.
Meanwhile, leading novice chaser Thegreatjohnbrowne is set for an easy month after picking up what trainer Noel Meade hopes is only a minor injury at Leopardstown on Tuesday.
Successful in his first two starts over fences at Punchestown, the gelding put in a bold effort in the Grade One Fort Leney Novice Chase and battled to the line to eventually finish fourth to Bostons Angel.
"Unfortunately he has a stress crack in a cannon-bone. There's no displacement and so in terms of injuries, it's one of the better ones to have," Meade said.
Elsewhere, Meath's Jason Maguire ended 2010 in style with a 191/1 four-timer at Uttoxeter to make it 50 for the season. The jump jockey took the honours with two winners apiece for trainers Donald McCain and Kim Bailey.
Maguire got the ball rolling on the McCain-trained Tornado Bob (evens favourite) in division two of the Foinavon Asset Management Maiden Hurdle and followed up on another McCain even-money shot Glenwood Knight in the Music Magpie Beginners' Chase.
He then rode a double for Bailey, steering home Smokey George (11/1) in the handicap hurdle and Mallusk (3/1) in the Congratulations to AP McCoy Handicap Chase.