Meade plays winning card
Published 21/01/2012 | 22:02
Medical Card was a game winner of the feature Woodlands Park 100 Club Novice Chase at Naas for Noel Meade and Davy Condon.
Always prominent, the 10-1 shot's jumping kept his pursuers at bay and while the likes of the Willie Mullins-trained pair Raptor and Allee Garde loomed up looking dangerous, another big leap at the final fence kept Medical Card in front.
Allee Garde made an error which cost him any chance and it was Michael Hourigan's Crash who closed to within a neck at the line in a tight finish to the Grade Two event.
Meade said: "He wasn't great at the first but, in a funny way, it might have done him good as he jumped well from there on. We always felt he was a fair horse, and that he'd stay.
"I don't know where he'll go but he'll get an entry in the RSA Chase and also the four-mile chase at Cheltenham."
Barry Cash played his hand late on Arthur Moore's Pass The Hat in the Dubes & Trinity Horse Racing Hype Handicap Hurdle and the 6-1 shot squeezed past Black Mac on the run-in to score by three-quarters of a length.
There were plenty in with a chance two out in the Cheltenham Trial Day 26th February Handicap Chase, but Andrew Leigh had most up his sleeve on Lead Kindly Light and Sean Byrne's charge (8-1) won by eight lengths.