Your Busy and Katie Walsh on their way to Kerry National gloryPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Katie Walsh gets Busy
to win Kerry National
Report: Listowel, Wednesday
Guinness Kerry National Handicap Steeplechase (Grade A) 3m, 4yo+
HAVING survived a first fence blunder which saw Katie Walsh defy gravity and Your Busy's nose touch the turf, both horse and jockey made light work of the remaining 2m7f and 17 fences to make all in the Kerry National.
After overcoming that early blip, Walsh barely had a moments worry on the James Nash-owned and trained 11-year-old, seeing off the challenge of the always prominent 12-1 chance Pass The Hat after the last.
"It is incredible and it is fantastic for Nash," said Walsh. "When he jumped the first I wanted to be handy but he went flying down to it and was lucky not to come down. After that he got himself back to the front and he was great then."
Nash added: "He made a mistake at the first which was far from ideal but after that he was very brave and with a circuit to go I was fairly happy as he was doing it with his ears pricked.
"He jumps for Katie and she is brilliant. We will go home now and see if he'll get in the Munster National but I'd love to go back to Liverpool."
The 25-1 chance snuck into the race as a first reserve due to the withdrawal of Dessie Hughes's Golden Wonder, and became the second winning reserve in as many years after Hughes himself profited in 2013 with White Star Line.
"When I saw Mr McManus had so many in I thought there was a small chance he'd get in, I didn't expect it to be one of the others, but thank God he got in," said Nash. "With that weight and going left-handed I hoped he'd be placed."
Davy Russell, who travelled just behind the leaders, came home third on the heavily gambled 7-2 favourite Shanpallas. JP McManus, Tony McCoy and 10-1 hope Alderwood could do no better than fourth in their quest to win the race for the first time.