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Martin and Walsh bag braces

Tony Martin and Mark Walsh completed their own doubles at Fairyhouse when combining with Noble Emperor in the Fairyhouse Supporting Ratoath Beginners Chase.

Sent off the 1/2 favourite, Noble Emperor had only Moonshine Lad for company a long way from home, and his job was made even easier when Moonshine Lad was pulled up before the third last.

That meant Walsh could canter home on the market leader, winning by a 22-length margin from Oscar Fiain.

Martin said: "He showed he's a nice type of horse last year when winning his bumper and hurdle.

"Hopefully he's a nice prospect. He's a big frame of a horse and he has the strength to get through that ground.

"He's still only a baby and that was only his fifth race. We've a lot to learn about him yet. I'd say we'll tread carefully with him for the moment."

Walsh kickstarted his double when Missyspet landed the Fairyhouse Members Mares Maiden Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

Walsh already had six winners since Christmas to his name, and appeared confident on the Michelle Gannon-trained 7/2 favourite as they tracked long-time leader Arise And Go Now.

That rival proved a tough nut to crack, but after nudging ahead at the last, Missyspet went on to score by a length.

Gannon said: "She's a deadly mare and I'm very lucky to have her. I won on her mother here eight years ago and this has always been a lucky place for me.

"It proves how good she is when she was only beaten a head by Carrigmoorna Rock (in a Wexford bumper) and they fancy her for Cheltenham.

"She loves that ground and is a chaser in the making. She's a great jumper."

Martin's double started when Shane Shortall booted home Mydor (5/2 favourite) to get the better of a duel with King Blue in the Special Offers In The Bobbyjo Bistro Handicap Hurdle.


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