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Pineau De Re pounces in Ulster National as Nina Carberry suffers suspected broken collarbone

Updated: Wednesday, 03 Apr 2013 18:23 | Comments

Pineau De Re relished the step up in trip at Downpatrick
Pineau De Re relished the step up in trip at Downpatrick

Pineau De Re ran away from the opposition in the closing stages for a convincing success in the Toals Bookmakers Ulster Grand National EBF Handicap Chase at Downpatrick as Nina Carberry suffered a suspected broken collarbone when she was unseated from unseated by Another Palm at the second fence.

Shabra Charity was the only threat to Pineau De Re (13-2), trained by Philip Fenton, after long-time leader Sole Witness cried enough three out.

Pineau De Re, owned by Barry Connell, found another gear for Danny Mullins and went on to win by 23 lengths from Shabra Charity.

Kingsmoss was two and a half lengths away in third.

The unfortunate Carberry hadn’t been booked to ride the Noel Meade-trained grey, but stepped in to deputise for her brother Paul, who gave up his rides after suffering an injury at Fairyhouse on Tuesday.

Fenton said of the winner: "The better ground was a big help. He's improved with each run of the season.

"He was a bit 'guessy' (in his jumping) early on in the season. He is progressing but he lacks a bit of scope.

"I was a bit worried that three and a half miles was too far for him. I'd say he'll bypass Punchestown as he likes a bit of time between his races.

"He could be a Midlands National or Galway Plate type but he'd have to improve a bit."

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