Benefit springs Leinster surprise
Published 06/03/2011 | 18:12
Benefit Night sprung a 33-1 surprise in the feature Lucan Racing Leinster National at Naas when ending a long losing run with an all-the-way success.
Danny O'Sullivan's 11-year-old had been in a rut since winning four races in the 2006-07 season, but looked right back to his best after a spin in a Punchestown cross country event last time.
Set alight by Davy Condon, he jumped from fence to fence and while Lurgan gave valiant chase throughout, he never got within touching distance.
Benefit Night had the luxury of coasting up the run-in as he won by 11 lengths from Lurgan, with Good Fella third and Ambobo fourth.
O'Sullivan said: "That's the first time he's had a light weight like that and he loves it around here. He'll probably go for the Midlands National at Uttoxeter now.
"He has to go left-handed and that's been a problem all along as it limits where he can go. His run in the cross country last time sweetened him up. He's only had three runs this season and this is his ground.
"He is a tough horse when he gets his own way."
Condon was completing a double, having won the Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase on the Dermot Weld-trained Prince Erik.
There was no such luck for Niall Madden, who suffered a fall on Bella Mana Mou in the feature race and was taken to hospital with a suspected broken arm. He was also knocked unconscious.
Niki O'Shea was also taken to hospital after a fall from Dont Tell De Purty in the race won by Lambro, after suffering from concussion.