Good result for Mooney's Fella
Paddy Mooney's veteran performer Good Fella looks set to turn the clock back at Fairyhouse after a stirring success under top weight in the Garlow Cross Handicap Hurdle at Navan.
Warm favourite Liszt was afforded a huge lead in the opening stages of the two and a half mile contest, and it looked like the race was in safe keeping when he was still clear coming to the last.
The petrol gauge turned to empty on the run-in, though, and 8-1 chance Good Fella, without a victory for over three years, ground down the leader under the trainer's son, Martin, to edge the verdict by three parts of a length.
Mooney senior said: "He hates that ground - he wants it either looser or better.
"We were a bit fortunate that the one in front clattered the last.
"He'll probably go for a two-mile-six-furlong handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse at Easter (a race he won four years ago)."
The winning rider was, however, banned for five days over his use of the whip.
Spot The Boss (12-1) stepped up on all previous form to win the Newgrange Handicap Chase for Oliver McKiernan.
The former point-to-point winner showed next to nothing in five maiden chases but relished the move up to three miles, notching a hard-fought length-and-a-quarter success over Sang Bleu.
McKiernan said: "He broke down before and was off for a while. We've been gradually building him back up and that's what he is - a three miler chaser."