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  • 14:45 Kinloch Brae Chase 2m 4f

  • (Grade 2) €37,500 added 6yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner €24,375 2nd €7,125 3rd €3,375 4th €1,125
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 11.40s
  • Off time: 14:45:16

Texas Jack wins the Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles

Last Updated: 16/01/14 3:19pm

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Texas Jack: Bounced back to form under Paul Carberry

Texas Jack: Bounced back to form under Paul Carberry

Texas Jack, a leading novice last season, gained his first win of the current campaign in the Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles.

Noel Meade's eight year old beat subsequent RSA Chase winner Lord Windermere in a Grade Two last term and only went down by a short-head in the Grade One Dr P. J. Moriarty Chase.

This season had proved a shade disappointing with third place finishes in both the Powers Irish Whiskey Chase and the Clonmel Oil Chase but he returned to his best to win an exciting renewal of the Grade Two contest.

Last Instalment was well backed on his first run since February 2012 but the favourite did a little too much on his long-awaited return and just ran out of gas in the closing stages having pulled clear with the winner and Baily Green.

The latter, second to Simonsig in the Arkle at Cheltenham last season, threw down a strong challenge but had to settle for second close home.

Paul Carberry, who rode the winner, told At The Races: "I'm finally getting the hang of him; I've been there in front too soon a couple of times but he always travelled well and jumped super; he's a real good horse I think.

Meade added: "He jumps like a buck for Paul and he loved having him back on him today, it was great. There are a few options (at Cheltenham); this is probably his trip, I'm not sure he gets much further. I suppose we'll put him in the Ryanair Chase, but I think he's a horse to stay at home with, rather than go to Cheltenham."

Connections were delighted with the run of Last Instalment with trainer Philip Fenton commenting: "It was a lovely comeback, he travelled well although he was probably a little fresh early on. Even going to the second last, he got a little bit tight underneath it but he fiddled it well and there was still a race on but he probably just needed the run and blew up and there should be a lot of improvement to come.

"We'd like to think we could turn up for the Hennessy. If he's sound and hardy tomorrow, we'll see how he progresses in the next 10 or 12 days, and if he tells us he's ready for the Hennessy, that's the next port of call."

Sky Bet make both the second and third 16/1 chances (from 20s) for the Ryanair Chase while Last Instalment was cut to 33/1 from 50s for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The firm's spokesman, Michael Shinners, said: "Last Instalment showed real promise after a long break though, travelled nicely for most of the way and only got outspeeded after the last. A step up in trip next time looks sure to suit!"

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