Robbie McNamara trains winner at first time of asking

Robbie McNamara

Robbie McNamara: has made a fine start to new career

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 By Tony O’Hehir 6:31PM 8 JUL 2016 

ROBBIE McNAMARA enjoyed a dream start to his training career when landing a 2m maiden hurdle at Cork on Friday evening under 7lb conditional Conor Brassil.


Chadic was a first runner for the former rider who was paralysed from the waist down in a fall at Wexford in April 2015. The 12-1 shot, a three-time winner on the Flat with Mark Johnston, won by two lengths.

The winner is owned by Dr Ronan Lambe, for whom McNamara rode many winners, including two notable successes at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival when he took the Kim Muir Chase on Spring Heeled, trained by Jim Culloty, and the Weatherbys Champion Bumper on the Dermot Weld-trained Silver Concorde.

McNamar said: “I thought Chadic would run well. He’s a bit clever and minds himself a bit, but he won well and should improve.”

There was to be no quick double, as Flush Or Bust failed to make the frame in the 2m maiden hurdle, but McNamara still has Call Vinnie (7.25) and Rathcannon (8.55) to come.

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