GOLDEN DAY FOR A HIGH FLYING KITE.
GOLDEN Kite proved a shock winner of the Ladbrokes.com Munster National in Limerick yesterday.
The 20/1 shot, trained by Adrian Maguire and ridden by Shane Hassett, made most of the running, produced a spectacular display of jumping and, at the business end, held on gamely from Fisher Bridge, which loomed large and appeared to be travelling strongly on the home-turn.
Davy Condon sat confidently on the eventual runner-up as he challenged but, unable to get on terms early on the run-in, the Noel Meade-trained gelding stayed on late and failed by only a short-head, with Tinakellylad six lengths adrift in third spot.
A jubilant Adrian Maguire declared: "The horse would burst his heart for you. His owner is a gentleman. And he got an outstanding ride from Shane."
And Maguire explained, "Nothing went right for him in the Kerry National - he was very slow away. Ruby got caught up in his legs at the first and he had to avoid a faller later on. He got detached and, fair play to Brian O'Connell, he looked after him and brought him home in one piece.
"Golden Kite has always been a decent horse and things happened for him today. The key to him is good ground.
"We'll enjoy today before we think about future plans but a crack at the Irish National wouldn't be out of the question for him in the spring."
Five withdrawals from the Harrison O'Dowd 4-Y-0 Hurdle left only four horses to face the starter.
It produced a tremendous tussle in which the Tommy Treacy-ridden Gimli's Rock, trained by Jessica Harrington, got up close home to foil favourite Cross Appeal by a length.
A faller when favourite for the race last year, Cornas, trained by Nick Williams and ridden by Daryl Jacob, made amends when landing the Grade 3 Pricewaterhousecoopers Chase at the expense of Cruising Katie.
And Paddy Neville saddled recent Tipperary handicap winner Macville (Paul Townend) to gain a valuable listed success in the opening Greenmount Park Novice Hurdle.
Meanwhile, at the Curragh, Johnny Murtagh closed to within six of Pat Smullen in the race for the Jockeys Championship thanks to a double on two-year-olds Petronius Maximus (visored for the first time) in the sixfurlong maiden and Gemstone in the listed Lanwades & Staffordstown Studs Stakes.
Both are trained by Aidan O'Brien, also successful with Big Occasion - ridden by his son Joseph in the Mongey Communications - enabling the winning rider to close in on Gary Carroll and Ben Curtis in the apprentice title-race.
Curtis had earlier joined reigning champion Carroll on the 33 winner mark thanks to the victory of Hazarafa, John Oxx's third string, in the listed Finale Stakes.
And the James Nash-trained Luisant, a model of consistency all season, finally earned his reward when, confidently handled by Colm O'Donoghue, he proved too strong for British raider Definightly in the listed Jersey Racing Club Waterford Testimonial Stakes.
More action today at the Curragh, where punters will be scarce for an eight-race card.
Kevin Prendergast's Rose Bonheur, narrowly beaten by Stone Master on her debut over six furlongs, is napped to open her account in the opening TRI Equestrian 2-Y-0 Fillies Maiden.
PETRONIUS MAXIMUS romps home ahead of Vastitas at the Curragh
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Oct 11, 2010|
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