punchestown 18th Nov
Hurricane Fly in front as Go Native falls at the last
(Healy Racing Photos)
The 2-5 favourite set off in front, with Go Native and then Captain Cee Bee following him, and the order hadn't changed by the time the front two approached the last in full flight.< Go Native knuckled over on landing, though, hurling Paul Carberry into the turf and allowingp>Hurricane Fly to coast home 12 lengths clear of Captain Cee Bee.
The pair set off at a breakneck gallop, and were left even further clear by the second-fence fall of Oscars Well.
The 2-5 favourite was rousted along turning into the straight, but his stamina kicked in on the run to the last and he had four lengths in hand at the line.
Road To Riches could take high rank in the staying novice hurdle division, judging by his impressive defeat of Pride Ofthe Parish at the prohibitive odds of 1-6 in the INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle.
His trainer and jockey, Noel Meade and Davy Russell, had to settle for second when Maxim Gorky was outbattled by fellow Gigginstown House Stud representative Beef To The Heels (4-1) in the Punchestown On TG4 At 9.20 Next Saturday Handicap Hurdle.
Amateur rider Robert Deegan got on the scoresheet when 4-1 market leader Followmeuptocarlow took the RSM Farrell Grant Sparks Supporting Longford GAA Handicap Hurdle, while Nina Carberry was seen to good effect to get O Maonlai (7-4) home in the Dick Grainger Memorial (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race.
The climax to the two mile handicap hurdle at Punchestown saw the Gigginstown pair Beef To The Heels and Maxim Gorky fight out the spoils, and it was the former who prevailed with Jane Mangan in the saddle.