Thursday 22 February 2018

Pride takes National honours

Rohan's Pride en route to winning the Mayo National
Rohan's Pride en route to winning the Mayo National

Rohan's Pride claimed glory in the McHale Mayo National Handicap Chase at Ballinrobe.

Robert Honner's nine-year-old could only manage second when attempting to win a hunter chase at the Punchestown Festival for the second year running, but wasn't unfancied trying handicap company again and was sent off at 10-1.

He headed the frontrunning Foildubh when that one blundered early on the final circuit and stayed in front from that point.

Leavethelighton and Seefood gave chase but it was in vain as Rohan's Pride stayed on well to prevail by a length and three-quarters in the hands of Brian Hayes.

Honner said: "It makes up for coming second in the Bishopscourt for sure. I'm a bit stuck for words I'd suppose. The horse has been in good old form and I thought we were up against it but he was in at a nice weight and we said we'd take our chance.

"He ran a blinder. He jumped away and Brian gave him a great spin - you couldn't ask for more.

"This fellow likes a bit of good ground so we'll keep him going."

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