Your Busy lands Kerry National under inspired Walsh
The James Nash trained Your Busy landed the Kerry National at under a fabulous ride from Katie Walsh, who became the first female jockey to win the Listowel feature. Nash’s 11yo, the Killarney National winner back in May, had only gotten in to the race at the last minute with the withdrawal of Golden Wonder, took full of advantage of the light weight on his back to put in a dogged performance in taking the 3 mile contest.
With the assistance of the inspired Walsh, Your Busy was keen to get to the head of the field in the early stages but having got there, nearly ended his race early by making a mess of the first fence. Walsh did a brilliant job of keeping the partnership intact and once the pair got back into a rhythm, they were soon back at the head of affairs.
That is where they would remain until they turned for home the final time, with Arthur Moore’s Pass The Hat coming to lay down a challenge and the well backed favourite Shanpallas also in attendance. Your Busy dug deep however and with Walsh’s urgings, put in two fabulous jumps at the last two fences to seal victory.
A delighted Walsh said: “It’s just unbelievable. I was headed for a stride or two turning in but he winged the second-last and winged the last. He was pulling out for me the whole time.
“He loves it in front. He completely missed the first and it was some performance after that to do what he did in a competitive race like the Kerry National. He was just really on-song today.”
Trainer Nash added: “Katie got a brilliant tune out of him. I didn’t think he was quite fit enough at Killarney but it proved to be a good prep run. Thank God he got into the race as he was flying at home.
“Even though he’s 11 he doesn’t have that much mileage on the clock. He’s still very keen and enjoys it. He probably got an easy lead and was able to stay in his comfort zone.
“We’ll go home and see if we can get into the Munster National but that will depend on the horse.
“I’d love to go back to Liverpool for a crack at the big one.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: AP Photo/Jon Super
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