Security takes down Turbojet
A review of the rest of Sunday's meeting at Naas as Noel Meade's Art Of Security won on the card.
Noel Meade: Won with Art Of Security
Art Of Security mowed down long-time leader Turbojet to claim top honours in the I.N.H. Stallion Owners European Breeders Fund Maiden Hurdle at Naas on Sunday.
The winner of a Navan bumper last season, the Noel Meade-trained Art Of Security disappointing on his first two starts over obstacles, but raised his game to finish third behind the high-class Bacardys at Leopardstown over the festive period.
Turbojet, the 3-1 joint-favourite along Arvico Bleu, set out to make all the running, but his stride began to shorten on the run to the final flight.
Art Of Security was almost on terms on jumping the obstacle and picked up well on the run-in to score by two and three-quarter lengths under Sean Flanagan.
Turbojet had just enough in the tank to hold onto the runner-up spot from Arvico Bleu.
Meade said: "I thought he'd win as he ran very well in Leopardstown. Sean thought the ground was a bit quick for him then and said he was flat out from the second-last.
"He won a bumper on soft ground and I think he's a reasonable horse.
"I suppose he'll go for a winner's race, but we'll see what way the handicapper rates him.
"It's so difficult at the moment because no matter what race you go for, a Grade Three or a Grade One, they are all the same and you run into the same horses.
"It's the same for any of those horses that win. The next step is a big one."
Black Zero was a 7-1 winner of the Eastcoast Seafood & Gouldings Hardware Handicap Chase for trainer Michael McDonagh and jockey Mark Enright.
Enright said: "Over two miles with the blinkers back on him today, he travelled sweetly.
"He stays well. He doesn't really quicken but he stays and was idling up the straight.
"Michael's not here. I'm sure I'll speak to him later and he'll be delighted with that.
"He's a very nice man and does well with the horses he has. It's lovely to ride a winner for him as he's been good to me lately."