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  • 16:35 Ladbrokes.com Munster National Handicap Chase 3m

  • (Grade A) €80,001 added 4yo+ 15 ran
  • Winner €48,000 2nd €15,199 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Yielding to Soft (Yielding in places)
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 6m 11.10s
  • Off time: 16:35:56

Munster win for Muirhead

Muirhead survives drama to win National

Last Updated: 09/10/11 5:45pm

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Muirhead: Won the Munster National

Muirhead: Won the Munster National

Muirhead landed a dramatic race for the Ladbrokes.com Munster National at Limerick on Sunday.

Paul Carberry oozed confidence on the Noel Meade-trained eight-year-old to challenge favourite Bideford Legend in the straight and pull away to win by a length and three-quarters with Uncle Junior third.

The first of the two fences in the straight was omitted after mayhem at what was the first obstacle.

Glenstal Abbey fell, bringing down Tinakellylad and For A Finish.

Got The Luck

Casey Top made the running but could not sustain the gallop for all of the three miles while last year's winner Golden Kite unseated his rider at the fifth last when still in contention.

Meade said: "I don't know how he got through those fallers at the first. They seemed to come down right in front of him. We got the luck there.

"He has very little mileage over fences. The Kerry National was the plan all along but the ground got heavy for him so we said we would come here instead. He doesn't like the ground too heavy.

"The Troytown Chase at Navan is a possibility now or the Hennessy in England, the handicapper is hardly going to be too easy on him.

"We spent a whole season with him trying to make him a champion hurdler where he was beaten in a lot of races."

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