Farm comes Home to roost at Thurles
Home Farm won on his first start for trainer Henry de Bromhead when capitalising on the final-fence fall of Hidden Cyclone to take the John Meagher Memorial Chase at a foggy Thurles.
The Listed contest was still in the balance at the last but it was all over after Hidden Cyclone came down leaving his fellow 6-4 joint-favourite to come home six lengths clear of Foildubh, with Maggio back in third.
Hidden Cyclone had made the running until four out where David Casey asked Home Farm to take closer order. The former Arthur Moore inmate held a handy lead after jumping the penultimate obstacle but Hidden Cyclone was making a renewed effort when he and Andrew McNamara parted company.
Home Farm was given a quote of 33-1 for the Crabbie's Grand National by Paddy Power.
De Bromhead said: "He'd been third in an Irish National before he came to us and his form was rock-solid.
"He had a wind op at the end of last season and that's made a huge difference to him. We're delighted to get him, he's a lovely horse and he put up a good performance.
"We were fairly wrong at the ratings with Hidden Cyclone, but this was just to get our lad started and see where we were with him.
"We'll see what the handicapper thinks after that and work from there. He was fifth in the Paddy Power (at Leopardstown) last Christmas. We'll discuss it with the owner and come up with a plan in the next few weeks.
"You'd imagine he's be an ideal candidate for the Grand National (at Aintree). The better the ground the better he is. With goodish ground he'd love it round there."
De Bromhead was just denied a double when Attribution was only beaten a head by the Willie Mullins-trained 4-11 shot Bellshill in the Liscahill INH Flat Race.
Mullins said: "He made hard work of it and raced very keen throughout and hadn't as much in reserve. Hopefully he will improve and win his winners' bumper."