Shanpallas quick to pay back JP in the National
Ruby Walsh's mount, Bose Ikard, was the subject of a hefty gamble in the Ladbrokes Munster Grand National, which saw Noel Meade's charge sent off favourite for the feature at Limerick yesterday as the rider looked to continue his 100pc record since returning from injury.
However, it was the Charles Byrnes-trained Shanpallas who triumphed on his first start for JP McManus.
Shanpallas was the subject of gamble on Kerry National day at Listowel last month, ran well to finish third under Davy Russell and was subsequently bought by McManus (above) and easy to back yesterday.
Russell retained the ride and the pair were dropped in at the rear of mid-division for much of the race before making rapid headway to dispute turning for home where he had to track down Noel Meade's Tom Horn, who was also running for the champion owner.
Shanpallas got away the quicker from the last fence and stayed on well to hold Tom Horn with Bose Ikard back in third.
The winning trainer said: "He was a bit inexperienced at Listowel, he jumped safe and it cost him. He was at the right side of handicap at Listowel so I was worried with his weight today that it was a big ask but he jumped much better.
"It's my first winner for JP. He only bought the horse two-and-a-half-weeks ago and his previous owners are all here. They are delighted."
Regarding the future he added: "He's actually more of a two-and-a half-miler than a three-miler. He needs good ground so his options are limited, but it's job done today."
It was a good day for new recruits to the McManus team as Hash Brown won the Grade Three novice hurdle, making it two from two for the owner since he bought him.
There was no winning return for Bryan Cooper who came third as Clarcam, owned by his retainer Gigginstown House Stud - and the horse who gave Cooper his crashing fall at Cheltenham, landed the opening four-year-old hurdle.