Curley Bill much the best in Downpatrick finale
(Healy Racing Photos)
Nina Carberry bided her time aboard Curley Bill (13/8 this morning out to 2/1) and when she unleashed the Heron Island gelding up the nearside rail inside the last, he exploded into top-gear to beat the always on the pace Bally Longford.
Winning owner/trainer, Noel Meade said: "We were very disappointed at Fairyhouse (2nd there to Expanding Universe), we thought he would win.
"Maybe we went a bit too soon there with him. You can blow a horse up in the last two furlongs.
"He'll go jumping now - he's like a rocket. He's a decent horse." (MG & EM)
Barry Geraghty made his visit to Downpatrick for the ride on Jetson worthwhile when the Milan gelding justified 8/11 favouritism in the Autumn Beginners Chase.