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Benefit Night Naas 06.03.2011

Benefit Night jumping to victory in the Leinster National

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

Bargain Benefit Night makes all in Leinster

Report: Naas, Sunday

Lucan Racing Leinster National Handicap Chase (Grade C)
3m, 5yo+

BENEFIT NIGHT (11 g Beneficial - Broomhill Star by DeepSociety)

Breeder: E. Maguire in Ireland

BENEFIT NIGHT made all to brush aside his rivals with ease in the Leinster National, giving jockey Davy Condon a double on the card after an earlier victory on Prince Erik.

Trained by Dan O'Sullivan, Benefit Night hadn't tastedsuccess since 2007 but belied his odds of 33-1 for Condon, jumping fluently throughout and leaving the opposition trailing in his wake with an impressive victory.

Lurgan was Benefit Night's companion from the outset, and the pairwould finish first and second, as those off the pace struggled to make an impact.

Ruby Walsh, on his only ride on the card, elected to drop favourite Quadrillon out at the back of the field and was nearly last with a complete circuit left.

To Walsh's credit he began to make significant headway on the final circuit, picking off stragglers and moving into about sixth with three fences left, but his challenge then petered out and he failed to take a hand in the finish on the Willie Mullins-trained runner.

Meanwhile, Condon continued to get a fine tune out of his mount as the pair strode clear down the home straight, completing the round with a fine leap at the last. Lurgan held on for second, with Good Fella (16-1) and Ambobo (20-1) fourth.

Another Nationalis the next target for Benefit Night, as trainer O'Sullivan said: "He loves it around here and we'll probably look at the Midlands National next as he has to go left-handed.

"That has been his problem all along but the run in the cross-country at Punchestown recently really sweetened him up."

A son of Knockhouse Stud's Beneficial, who is best known as the sire of Cooldine and Realt Dubh, Benefit Night is the only winner out of the unraced Deep Society. She is out of the unraced Miss Mite VII, whose pedigree is unknown.

Benefit Night was a bargain €2,600 yearling purchase by M. K. Stirk at the 2002 Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale.




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