Drank shows plenty of bottle

  • Last Updated: November 25 2012, 15:42 GMT

Drawn N Drank stayed on dourly to take the honours in the opening race at a foggy Navan.

  • Busty Brown (far right) wins for Noel Meade
  • Misca Musca gets off the mark at the fifth attempt 

The Enda Bolger-trained gelding went past the 11-10 favourite Torn Asunder before the final flight and stuck to his task well to claim the INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle.

Martin Ferris had to keep the 12-1 shot up to his work to hold Kashline by a length and a half, with Torn Asunder weakening into third place.

"My fellow travelled well and jumped well," said Ferris.

Bolger said: "This horse broke his knee in a banks race at Punchestown around this time last year.

"He ran well the last day and I thought this trip would suit him. He will probably go for a three-mile hurdle around Christmas time and then go chasing."

Local trainer Noel Meade gained some small consolation for the loss of top-class performer Go Native on Friday when Busty Brown (5-1) lifted the Irish Form Book 'Monksfield' Novice Hurdle.

With visibility poor, racegoers' view of the Grade Two was restricted but when the horses came back into view they saw Paul Carberry bring Busty Brown through to lead at the final flight.

The six-year-old battled on well to beat Seafood with Bonisland third.

Meade said: "It is a game of ups and downs.

"It tears the heart out of you. It was an unbelievable thing what happened the other day (when Go Native died).

"This fellow is improving. He probably won have won at Cork in another stride or two.

"I was worried if he'd go on the ground, but the trip couldn't be far enough for him.

"He stays forever and keeps on galloping.

"He has relaxed now and is starting to improve."

Meade added: "He was very free but he has learned to settle now and you can ride a race on him.

"I had intended to go to Cork for the three-mile hurdle there (December 9), but that may come a bit soon."

The lightly-raced Misca Musca (10-1) got off the mark at the fifth attempt with a solid display in the Dunderry Handicap Hurdle.

John Cullen brought Lar Byrne's four-year-old into contention on the inside before the turn for home.

Leading at the second-last flight, Misca Musca plugged on determinedly to strike by three and three-quarter lengths from Lead Kindly Light.

Noel Dooly, son of winning owner Robert, said: "He will improve a lot from that.

"The form of his last run was good and I expected him to do that today."

The John Kiely-trained Joanne One (7-1) then backed up a pleasing debut at Cork to win what is likely to be an informative Listed mares' bumper.

The four-year-old filly showed plenty of pace to deny the Meade-trained Fickle Fortune by four lengths.