Nina Carberry said she was “a passenger” as On The Fringe cruised to victory in the Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ to add to his Cheltenham success last month.
Enda Bolger’s 10-year-old enjoyed a troublefree passage unlike last year’s winner Warne who was brought down at the first and 2013 hero Tartan Snow who went at the second.
Carberry oozed confidence throughout with On The Fringe becoming the first horse to complete the Cheltenham and Aintree Fox Hunters’ double since Double Silk in 1993. Pacha Du Polder was second with Last Time D’Albain back in third.
Carberry said, “He really enjoyed the fences. I was a little bit on the outside so I missed the chaos at the start. I was happy all the way and I was just hoping I could jump the last two.
“He just seems to come to himself now and Enda has done a fabulous job to get him here in as good form as he did at Cheltenham, if not better, because he was up against better horses today. It was a very good performance. That’s helped me get my eye in for Saturday.”
Carberry rides First Lieutenant for Mouse Morris and Gigginstown House Stud in Saturday’s big race and she added. “He’s the right sort of horse for the race but it’s all about luck. He’s won around Aintree on good ground before but I hope I haven’t used up all my luck already.”
On The Fringe could turn out again quickly with Bolger saying, “I have Punchestown in mind for every horse, and if he gets over this and is in the same frame of mind in three weeks, he could go there.
“He measures his fences well so it was a long-held plan to come here. I expected a good performance, but not that good. Better ground seems to suit him, but also he’s 10 now and a bit of age doesn’t seem to have done him any harm.
“I’ve run horses here before and know you have to be up there out of trouble. Nina was smart at the gate and from there it was a case of hoping he stayed on his feet. It was a great bit of riding.”
Rory Jiwani 09/04/15