Head-gear helps in Blissful gamble
Blissful Moment (nearside) comes through at the last to 'do' Mr Cosmopolitan at Navan
(Healy Racing Photos)
Odds on the J P McManus-owned victor, tumbled from at least 11/4 this morning into 15/8 as blinkers and a tongue-strap were deployed in the hope of finding race winning improvement.
Another Challenge was the other one punters wanted to know about here, finding 4/1 from 14/1 earlier in the day.
Another Challenge 'missed' a few hurdles on the way around but he got the each-way money, twenty four lengths back in third.
Winning trainer Noel Meade said: "At no stage did I think he was going to win. In fairness though he probably doesn't want the ground that heavy.
"He does want further. I thought the blinkers might help to carry him along a bit." (AM & EM)
The brilliantly progressive Cause Of Causes followed up his big Ascot success from just over three weeks ago when edging out Midnight Game by a short head for the opening Follow Navan On Facebook Hurdle.