Monksland swoops late under Carberry
Monksland stays on stoutly in the Christmas Hurdle
(Healy Racing Photos)
He stayed on best from the last to beat 11/8 favourite Zaidpour by two and a half lengths. So Young stayed on nicely from mid division to take third at 8/1. The winner touched 80/1 in running. His SP though was 11/4 from 7/2 in the ring.
The 33/1 outsider Whatuthink, who was well clear in front, faded but grabbed fourth.
“It can rain all it like now! I did a lot of shouting. I thought five out he was gone but then I thought he was getting in to it at two out. He stuck to the inside and it worked out. I left it to Paul. He waits on a horse as he has a theory if horses are going too fast. He gave him a super ride,” trainer Noel Meade said.
“The World Hurdle is open enough now, but we’ll live for today. He’s a very young horse, he’s only five and he’s very easy to train. He had a hard race today and might not run before Cheltenham.”
Jockey Paul Carberry added: “He wasn’t mad about the ground. It’s a bit sticky. He was struggling on it so I sat up on him a bit and he got a second wind and did very well to get up. He’s a class horse. That’s the worst the ground has been all week, very gluey.”
(Additional reporting by Gary Carson)
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