Pass The Hat (pink hat) on his way to winning the CarrickminesPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
National hopefuls fail to fire behind Pass The Hat
Report: Leopardstown, Sunday
Carrickmines Handicap Chase 2m5f, 5yo+
ARTHUR MOORE saddled the winner of this race for the third time in the past seven years but it was Pass The Hat, rather than shorter-priced stablemate Home Farm, who continued the trainer's good record in the race.
Four of the 13 runners, including Home Farm, held Crabbie's Grand National entries but none of the Aintree hopefuls did much to enhance their big-race claims, with Pass The Hat - tipped by Pricewise and Longshot in Sunday's Racing Post - and runner-up Kylecrue coming clear from the last.
He'llberemembered, bidding for back-to-back wins in the race, ran well in third, while Tony McCoy and Colbert Station appeared none the worse following a heavy fall at the second last.
Your Busy and Caheronaun made sure it was a true test and it was no surprise to see both pacesetters paying for their early exertions turning for home.
Colbert Station was failing to make an impression when hitting the deck as the eventual winner started to make his winning move.
A bold jump at the last put him in command, although he had to dig deep under Robbie Colgan to repel the persistent challenge of Kylecrue. The winner returned at 6-1.
"We'll have to consider the Irish National but I doubt he's going to get in," said Moore. "There's a race at Punchestown and perhaps we'll go there."
Of 9-2 favourite Home Farm, who finished well-beaten in seventh, Moore added: "If we were going to go to Aintree I'd have preferred to be in the first three and he has a viable alternative in the Irish National."
Unsurprisingly, the result failed to impact on the National market.