Curley Bill much the best in Downpatrick finale

Wed 14th Nov 2012, 16:02
Nina Carberry
Nina Carberry
(Healy Racing Photos)
They favoured Bally Longford (15/8 this morning into 6/5) in the ring for the concluding November Flat Race at Downpatrick but out on the track it was no contest as his main market rival, Curley Bill slammed him to the tune of six lengths.

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)

Geraghty makes quick trip to Downpatrick pay

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.