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Thursday 29 September 2016

Ruby 'sore and stiff' after fall on favourite at Bellewstown

Adam McNamara. Photo: PA Wire
Adam McNamara. Photo: PA Wire

Ruby Walsh was stood down for the evening after a crashing fall in the Bellinter House Classic Mares Hurdle at Bellewstown.

Walsh was riding the 1-5 favourite Muthaza in the Bellinter House Classic Mares Hurdle and was in front at the fourth flight when falling.

Two of the runners in behind appeared to stand on him. Walsh walked to the ambulance, but gave up his two remaining rides.

"He's stiff and sore after getting kicked," said on-course Turf Club Medical Officer Dr Richard Downey.

"He should be fine in a few days. He has no serious injuries."

Ebor-winning jockey Adam McNamara showed off his skills with a confident ride on Rosebride to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies' Nursery Handicap at Leicester.

The 19-year-old from Limerick has been one of the apprentice finds of the season and hit the headlines when winning York's prestigious handicap on Heartbreak City for Irish trainer Tony Martin on Saturday.

Riding on this occasion for his boss Richard Fahey, he was coolness personified as he waited patiently from his stands side draw on Rosebride (10-1) before asking for her effort.

She pulled clear of the opposition in the final furlong to score by three lengths from Parsnip with Storm Cry third.

"She did it well in the end. Mr Fahey stressed she'd like a bit of cover. She settled well and travelled strongly," said McNamara. "She picked up well a long way out and stayed all the way to the line. She's been progressing all season and we're very happy with her. The hood helped her relax a little bit. She was a bit quirky at Chester last time. I think it helped her settle."

Tanaza ran out much the best in the Group Three Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary. Dermot Weld's filly had been well beaten in a pair of Group Ones and a Group Two so far this term, but was travelling ominously well behind the pacesetting odds-on favourite Creggs Pipes.

Pat Smullen had to get serious on Tanaza (9-4) in the final furlong to overcome Creggs Pipes, but she eventually asserted close home to score by three and a half lengths. Weld's son, Kris, said: "She is a classy filly and it is nice to see her return to her two-year-old form.

"Pat didn't get the run he wanted in the Coronation Stakes but she has now won two Group Threes and we might look for a Group Tow next - her next run will probably decide whether she returns next year."

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