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Gary Carson

Gary Carson

Watson grabs her opportunity as hotpot Noise blunders

Mrs Watson (nearest) beats Full NoiseMrs Watson (nearest) beats Full Noise
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There was drama at the final flight in the Tipperary Handicap Hurdle as hotpot Full Noise blundered and handed the advantage to Mrs Watson who recorded a gutsy success.

The eventual winner had made most of the running in the race, run over just shy of two-and-a-half miles, and had Full Noise for company for most of the trip.

It looked to be going to plan for the 1/3 shot as he went to front at the second last flight and soon grabbed a couple of lengths lead.

The Ronan McNally-trained favourite got the final flight all wrong, however, with Mrs Watson sticking on gamely to get to the front again on the run-in, under Jack Foley.

Peter Croke's mare pulled out plenty late on to secure a three-parts-of-a-length win at odds of 14/1.

Mrs Watson, fifth on her most recent outing at Tramore on New Year's Day, was recording a first career success.

"She is a grand big mare who had a good run five days ago but didn't have a hard race. She is a fair mare who loves that ground and Jack gave her a great ride,” said Croke.

"We had a few niggly problems with her at the start but she always showed a nice bit and I think it's down to the ground today.

"I have a couple for the track and a few nice point to pointers."

(Quotes by Tom Weekes)