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Busty Brown - Navan - 25/11/2012

Busty Brown comes good for Meade in Monksfield

Report: Navan, Sunday

Irish Form Book Monksfield Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m4f 4yo+

NOEL MEADE, whose yard was recently rocked by the death of classy hurdler Go Native, had a little reason to smile on Sunday when Busty Brown came out on top in the Monksfield Novice Hurdle at Navan.

Ridden by Paul Carberry, the Sean Joseph Murphy-owned six-year-old upset the two market leaders after being produced expertly to take the lead at the last.

He returned at 5-1 with Seefood second at 5-2 and 9-4 favourite Bonisland back in third.

Meade, who won the Monksfield with Pandorama in 2008 and again with Fully Funded two years ago, was left heartbroken following the death of Go Native, who was put down after breaking a leg while cantering.

"It's a game of ups and downs," said Meade. "It can tear the heart out of you. That was an unbelievable thing that happened the other day with Go Native."

Regarding Busty Brown, who is entered in the Grade 1 Navan Novice Hurdle on December 16, Meade added: "This fellow's improving. He just got touched off at Cork last time and would probably have won in another stride or two.

"I was worried whether he'd go in the ground today. The trip couldn't be far enough for him - I'd say he'd stay forever. He just keeps galloping and galloping. He's settled down and because he's relaxed he's improved."

Meade said he will consider the Grade 1 for his winner.

Carberry added: "His jumping was super today. The pace quickened leaving the back straight but I was happy to let them go and I knew I had enough left to follow them.

"He hit the front just before the last, and was a little bit green when he got there, but battled on well and I never thought I would get beaten on the run-in. He's a nice horse and I would say he'll definitely have no problem jumping a fence."

 
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