Robbie McNamara made a dream start to his fledgling training career by saddling a double at Cork on Friday evening.

McNamara could not have wished for a better first night on the job as he secured victory with his first ever runner when Chadic struck in the opener.

The former Mark Johnston inmate was sent off at odds of 12-1 in the Mallow Maiden Hurdle and duly delivered with a two-length verdict under Conor Brassil.

Chadic is owned by Dr Ronan Lambe, with whom McNamara enjoyed great success during his riding days.

McNamara said: "I rode an awful lot of winners for Dr Lambe and before I got the fall he said he'd support me when I go training.

"I can't thank him enough and he has a lovely bunch of six horses in my yard - I have 19 in total and only four of those were ready to run."

Of Chadic, McNamara added: "He was a little bit clever and minded himself a small bit but has plenty ability and will improve from that.

"He works very well and was a 90-rated Flat horse for a while.

"I'd say he just got a little sick of racing and wasn't in love with the game. The way he jumps he seems to mind himself a small bit, but he schools very well at home.

"He'll progress and while he won't be a Supreme Novices' horse, he could pick up a few races along the way.

"He could very easily go for the novice hurdle on the first day of Galway - that was the plan, although I don't think Dermot Weld will be too happy!

"He could also go for the amateur handicap but we'll see how he comes out of this."

The rookie handler, who was out of luck with two other runners on the card, book-ended the meeting by saddling Rathcannon (11-4 joint-favourite) to victory in the concluding bumper.

McNamara's riding career was brought to a premature end when he suffered severe spinal injuries from a fall at Wexford in April 2015 that left him with no movement from the waist down.

Having obtained his training licence in May, the Limerick native this summer intends to saddle Flat and National Hunt horses from his base in County Kildare.