Review Limerick 23rd Jan

Wed 23rd Jan 2013, 16:10

The Paparrazi Kid (Ruby Walsh) clears the last
©Healy Racing Photos

The Paparrazi Kid (4-9 favourite) gained an overdue jumping success in the I.N.H Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle under Ruby Walsh.

Willie Mullins' gelding was making it fourth time lucky over timber after a string of frustratings seconds and got out of the habit with a nine-length triumph.

The six-year-old's hurdling wasn't without mistakes but his class shone through as he sauntered into the lead turning for home and he only had to be kept up to his work to see off Davy From Milan.

Walsh was also on the money in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle, driving Colin McBratney's Toye Native home in front.

Market leader Carrigeen Lonicera kicked on turning into the straight but Walsh wore her down on the 3-1 second-favourite and went on to beat Queen Of The Hill by a length and three-quarters.

Mullins teamed up to good effect with his son, Patrick, as Immediate Response (8-11) made a winning start over fences in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase.

Paul Townend gave All The Way Home (13-2) a peach of a ride in the Handicap Hurdle.

Townend made stealthy headway from the rear of the field on Sinead O'Sullivan's mare and brought her down the centre of the track to tackle long-time leader Goodtime Boy.

A fine leap at the last sealed the spoils and she held runner-up Supreme Bob two and a quarter lengths at bay.

Having slipped up on the flat in a Tramore chase on New Year's Eve, Ponmeword made amends with a convincing win back over timber in the Sporting Limerick Handicap Hurdle.

Eric McNamara's 3-1 favourite cruised to the front two-out and readily beat Western Man, who battled past Scrapper Jack to claim second.

The Greenmount Beginners Chase went to Zekarya (6-1), ridden by Derek O'Connor.

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.