Nina Carberry ended the card at Punchestown today with a 17/1 double in the final two races of the jumps meeting at the Irish track.
The leading women’s jockey in the sport rode Ange Blanc to victory in a national hunt flat race over 2m in the 4.45 and then finished the day by riding In The Binyanis over the same distance in 5.15.
Carberry has a growing reputation in national hunt flat races which was evident with the support of two of the leading trainers in Ireland in Noel Meade and Gordon Elliott who both booked her for rides on the flat today. Those looking at the 2012 Punchestown odds need to bear this in mind.
Ange Blanc’s victory in the penultimate race of the day was a win on his debut in this country. Carberry gave him a patient ride as she made her challenge with just over one furlong to go to establish a three length margin up to the line ahead of Kauto Grand Moqol in second and Director’s Forum in third.
Carberry’s victory on In The Binyanis in the final race of the day was much more convincing with the official margin quoted at seven lengths. The 3/1 joint favourite picked up at the two furlong mark to go clear of his 10 rivals.
2011 was a big year for Carberry as she rode the winner of the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse when on board Organisedconfusion. She became only the second woman in the history of the race to win the 3m5f contest. The 27-year old has also completed the course at Aintree in the Grand National on three different occasions, a record for a lady rider.