Paddy rocks for Nolan
Shinrock Paddy bounced back to winning form with a terrific display to give weight away all round in the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas.
The seven-year-old had won a moderate event at this track on his seasonal bow but finished only fifth in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown and was dropped back in trip and to Grade Three company here.
The 5-1 chance was bustled along by Alain Cawley to take it up two from home and by the time favourite Donnas Palm arrived on the scene it was all to late as Shinrock Paddy had flown, prevailing by two and a half lengths.
Winning trainer Paul Nolan said: "He disappointed at Leopardstown. I thought the way he travelled there that the one thing he'd do would be gallop to the line.
"Maybe he didn't see out the three miles, but he didn't give us any impression beforehand that it would be a problem.
"It was a 50-50 decision to run here as we were going to wait for the Boyne Hurdle at Navan (that will be his next start - next month). However, he came out of Leopardstown so well for a horse that shouldn't have, that we decided to take a chance here and it paid off.
"Any day he has run well he has hit a flat spot. He has been a good servant and he'll go chasing next year.
"I don't think Barry (Connell, owner) is interested in bringing him to Cheltenham as he has disappointed a few times over there. Anyway the ground is essential to him - he wants it soft."