National euphoria for Nina
Nina Carberry delighted the huge Easter Monday crowd at Fairyhouse by winning her first Ladbrokes Irish Grand National on Organisedconfusion.
To make the success all the more sweeter, the winner was trained by Arthur Moore, Carberry's uncle. Her family are no strangers to success in the race, with father and son, Tommy and Paul Carberry, combining to win with Bobbyjo in 1998. Moore was also savouring Irish National glory for a third time, having ridden Kings Sprite to victory in 1971 and trained Feathered Gale in 1996.
But this race will always be remembered for the exploits of the winning jockey as the amateur bided her time off a generous pace to bring the 12-1 chance home in front of Western Charmer, with the JP McManus duo of Sunnyhillboy and Quiscover Fontaine in behind.
Carberry executed her challenge to absolute perfection on the inexperienced six-year-old. Deal Done helped force a generous pace and despite being headed by Hughies Grey at halfway, he found himself back in front inside the final half a mile.
Deal Done's stablemate, Western Charmer, loomed up and looked a huge threat. There were also plenty of other horses in with chances at the second-last, including Tony McCoy on Quantitativeeasing. But it was Carberry who finished the strongest in the Fairyhouse sunshine, beating Western Charmer by five lengths.
Organisedconfusion is the first six-year-old to be successful since Tartan Ace in 1973, and Carberry is only the second woman to win the Irish National after Ann Ferris in 1984.
Carberry said: "I'm delighted. They had faith in me and gave me great instructions to just go out and enjoy yourself - hopefully go down the inside and get a bit of light. He made a few little mistakes but was as safe as houses and I'm glad I got the opportunity."
Moore added: "He's a lovely horse - so laid-back. We were a bit worried with him only being six but he has a great engine. He has a fantastic temperament and has never run a bad race.
"We'll give him a good break and he'll still be a big baby when he comes back. It was the obvious race for him after the Leopardstown Chase. It's a great family occasion with Nina on board. It's magic to bring this off for some super people."