Ned gets punters off to the perfect start
Ned Buntline (left) and Urano jump the last together with Grey Monk back in third
The Noel Meade trained gelded son of Refuse To Bend was expected to get off the mark on his hurdling debut at Fairyhouse earlier this month but he found Bright New Dawn too good on that occasion.
Ridden by Paul Carberry, the 4/5 favourite (was 11/10 with Paddy Powers this morning) travelled well into the straight and he hit the front on the run-in before battling off the challenge of the Willie Mullins trained Urano by two lengths.
"Maybe Dessie's horse (Bright New Dawn who beat Ned Buntline last time out) is very good but my fellow didn’t jump well there and 2m 2f is too far for him.
"Paul said the ground was a shade soft for him. We think he is a good horse and hopefully he is. He will improve a good bit when he learns to settle and jumps more relaxed. He is still diving a bit at hurdles.
"He will go for a novice hurdle somewhere now and it’s nice to get a win on the board."
Boylesports go 20/1 (from 33's) about the winner for the Surpreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham in March while Sean Graham's have him at just 14/1.
(Additional reporting by Gary Carson)
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