Hartside Gifted Win By Cat Fall

Mon 31st Dec 2012, 14:25

Fatcatinthehat and Ruby Walsh fall at the last with the race at their mercy
©Healy Racing Photos
By Gary Carson
Fatcatinthehat threw away certain victory in the juvenile maiden hurdle at Punchestown when taking a crashing fall at the final flight.

Hartside was the beneficiary as he was left clear to claim the spoils in the two-mile event.

The front-running 4/9 favourite had things all wrapped up as he scooted clear of his rivals turning for home.

He failed to get high enough at the last, however, and paid the price.

Hartside eventually posted an eight-length victory over Hazariban.

“I was wondering was he going to win after the other fella fell as he had a look around as if to say should I stop!” said winning trainer Noel Meade afterwards.

“He's a grand little horse and won three at a moderate enough level on the Flat. It's a good way to finish the year – so well done him!”

Will there be another Irish winner at Aintree?

A lot has been said recently about the fact that the Irish contingent at Cheltenham tend to stoke up the fires of Anglo-Irish needle with their flag waving and chest beating due to our incredible success in recent years. As pointed out previously, this is nothing more than a bit of harmless fun that some folk on both sides of the Irish Sea take a little too seriously.

THE IRISH TIMES