Nora takes her chance

Thu 17th Jan 2013, 15:14
Noras Fancy (white and green) wasn't great at the last but still out-pointed Dangan Daylight (right)
Noras Fancy (white and green) wasn't great at the last but still out-pointed Dangan Daylight (right)
(Healy Racing Photos)
A trying day for Ruby Walsh got no better when for the second time in the session he ended up on the floor in the Mrs Susannah Ricci silks. Again it was an odds-on chance that bit the dust, Tarla's departure leaving the way clear for something else in the Grade 2 Coolmore NH Sires EBF (Mares) Novice Chase. Noras Fancy was the one to make the most of her chance.

Everything seemed to be going to plan for Tarla for much of the journey, jumping well on the pace.

Though headed before the straight Walsh seemed unperturbed and the 4/9 chance was still right on the premises when falling at the second last.

Noras Fancy and Dangan Daylight slugged it out from there home with the former coming out on top by half a length.

Paddy Mangan rode the winner for his father Jimmy and owner Michael Dixon.

Mangan senior said: "She's a course winner and that was a big help. Soft ground is the key to her.

"She'll stick to those mares races. I'm delighted for Michael. Everyone knows the horse is named after his wife and she died over a month ago. She's looking after us from above." (TW & EM)

Quito stuns in Kinloch Brae

This observer counted himself very firmly in the Quito De La Roque fan club but his last two efforts had me marking him down as 'finished.' How wrong can you be though as the French-bred bounced back to his best to land the Grade 2 Matty Ryan Memorial Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles.