Monday 22 January 2018

Walsh catches well-earned break with Corrick success

Thomas Kelly

Corrick Bridge repaid an overdue debt to Ruby Walsh yesterday when he landed the staying handicap hurdle at Bellewstown.

It was the Tony Martin-trained grey's fall over fences at Down Royal last November that left the jockey with a broken leg that kept him out of action for several months.

Walsh rode his usual patient race on the 8/1 shot, which challenged Carutomark at the final flight and forged clear on the run-in to win by two and a half lengths.

Tom Horn led all the way in the hands of Paul Carberry to complete a hat-trick in the Nordman Portable Stables Hurdle.

Noel Meade's five-year-old (4/1 favourite) was strongly challenged by Inspector Clouseau and Priors Gold coming down the straight but beat them off to score by a length.

"I thought I was better off to let him roll along in front as I was thinking Ruby's horse would try and do me for speed. He kept going well to the line," said Carberry afterwards.

Katie Walsh executed a perfectly judged ride to get De Senectute home in front in the (QR) Handicap on the six-year-old's return from a year-long lay-off.

She rode a patient race on the Willie Mullins-trained 11/4 favourite, closing up on the run to the home bend and delivering her with a smooth challenge to lead 100 yards out for a two-length victory.

Pat Smullen completed a double when he slipped clear on the Harry Rogers-trained Elusive Ridge in the Glebe House Stud Handicap and then just held off Solent Ridge's flourish by a short head. The jockey had already won on Dermot Weld's filly Oh What A Kitten (11/8 favourite), which was in front all the way in company with Jouster in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden and won their duel by half a length.

Shane Foley, replacing the unwell Colm O'Donoghue, got David Marnane's Maal (5/1) home in a tight finish to the Balbriggan Retail Park Claiming Race, holding off Port Elizabeth's late charge by a head.

At Limerick, meanwhile, the featured Adare Festival Weekend Hurdle went the way of 1/4 favourite Jumbo Rio, which won as expected in the hands of Andrew McNamara.

The Edward O'Grady-trained son of Captain Rio was recording his seventh career victory and his second around the course.

Irish Independent

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