James Lambe combined with Eddie O'Connell to win Grade 3 with Silk HallPICTURE: David Dew (racingpost.com/photos)
Silk Hall springs 25-1 shock in Grimes Hurdle
Report: Tipperary, Sunday
Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m, 4yo+
SILK HALL caused a 25-1 upset in fending off joint-favourites Steps To Freedom and Fosters Cross in the Grade 3 Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary.
After being beaten out of sight in his last two starts, the eight-year-old made all under Eddie O'Connell to win the 2m feature by three-quarters of a length.
After the morning withdrawal of market leader So Young, Fosters Cross and Steps To Freedom shared 2-1 favouritism but attacking on each side of Silk Hall going to the last could not get past.
Silk Hall had won in Britain when trained on the Flat by David Arburthnot and over hurdles by Alan King but was winning for the first time in nearly two years since a Galway success in August 2011.
Trainer James Lambe said of the winner, who returned at almost 37-1 on The Tote: "People may have said it was pie-in-the-sky stuff running him in this race but if he ran to the form he showed when third in the Scottish Champion Hurdle he had his chance.
"We put blinkers on him during the week as I felt he was getting lazy and you can see he's a bit tubby. It's fantastic for Eddie and the plan was to make it a good test.
"He'll hardly go to the Galway Hurdle as he really wants further. He'll go for the Grade C handicap hurdle on the Saturday of Galway."