Spider Web reeled in Na Trachtalai Abu in the final strides to snatch victory in the JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster Grand National at Limerick.
James Motherway’s 40/1 outsider looked like causing an upset when coming through to lead what was a wide-open contest.The race looked won until Luke Dempsey conjured a dazzling late run out of Spider Web (12/1) to cross the line three-parts of a length to the good for trainer Tom Mullins and owner JP McManus. Black Scorpion, the 7/2 favourite, was three and three-quarter lengths away in third.
It was the biggest career success for Dempsey, who said: “I got under the second-last a bit and was slow at it, but he winged the last and put his head down and battled.”
Ruby Walsh failed to make a winning return from injury when beaten on his comeback rides.
The 12-times champion Irish jump jockey had been expected to land the EBF Mares Hurdle on the Willie Mullins-trained Good Thyne Tara, but the 4/9 shot could only finish third to stablemate Robin De Carlow (11/4), ridden by Paul Townend.
Walsh had earlier finished fourth on 5/4 favourite Getareason in the opening novice hurdle, won by the Eric McNamara-trained 25/1 outsider Percy Veer in the hands of Davy Russell, who went on to complete a 123/1 treble.
Russell’s second winner of the afternoon came in the PriceWaterhouseCooper Rated Chase, in which he set out to make most of the running aboard even-money shot Tombstone.
Gordon Elliott’s charge was headed by market rival Montalbano at the fifth fence, only to regain the initiative two out and run out a two-length victor.
Russell’s hat-trick was sealed by the victory of the same trainer’s Boot Camp which justified 11/8 favouritism in the beginners chase, bringing up a treble of his own for Elliott who had earlier seen Liam McKenna partner Water Sprite (10/1) to a narrow success in the mares’ handicap hurdle.
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