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Punchestown News: Limerick: Sadler's holds off Spring Heeled in National

Posted: 11th Oct 2015

Sadler's Risk at Limerick - Alain Barr - 11.10.2015

Niall Madden, riding Carriganog, goes flying at the last fence

  PICTURE: Alain Barr (racingpost.com/photos)  

Sadler's Risk comes out on top in dramatic race

Report: Limerick, Sunday

Ladbrokes Munster National Handicap Chase (Grade A) 3m, 4yo+

SADLER'S RISK stuck on strongest for Henry de Bromhead and Andrew Lynch to deny Cheltenham Festival winner Spring Heeled in an incident-packed running of the Munster National.

An eyecatching third on his return to fences in the Galway Plate last time, Sadler’s Risk had company jumping the last but emerged victorious in the colours of Roger Brookhouse.

It was not just Spring Heeled (16-1) who threatened the 14-1 winner as Carriganog was in contention before catapulting Niall Madden out of the saddle in a dramatic unseat at the final fence.

That was one of many hair-raising moments and a second tale of woe for owner JP McManus after last year’s winner Shanpallas was brought down with Pass The Hat when favourite Perfect Promise got the fourth fence all wrong.

Sadler’s Risk was far from foot-perfect himself as errors became contagious but he saved his best for last.

'Super ride'

"His jumping was still not great," said De Bromhead. "I felt he made a couple of mistakes that might cost him, but Andrew got him going again and he was cantering coming down the hill, making a mistake at the second-last but brilliant at the last.

"The Plate was a great run and this was only his second handicap. All he did was gallop. I've never won this race and it's great to win it for Roger. Andrew works very hard and he gave the horse a super ride.

"He could be best fresh - we backed off him since Galway - and I feel he probably needs to go right-handed, so we will see about plans. There's no rush."

Jacksonslady (20-1) and The Paparrazi Kid (9-1) completed the placings in the third and fourth in the 16-runner contest.

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