Fullback scores in Kerry National
Wednesday 19 September 2012
Eric McNamara-trained outsider Faltering Fullback ran out a shock winner of the Guinness Kerry National, with Questions Answered giving the trainer a one-two in the prestigious contest.
The complexion of the race changed when the front-running Whodoyouthink came to grief down the back straight and Faltering Fullback could be spotted making eye-catching headway in the hands of Danny Mullins.
With just 9st 12lb on his back, the 33-1 chance kicked clear off the home turn and safely negotiated the last couple of obstacles to beat his stable companion by five and a half lengths.
The well-supported Start Me Up finished third, with Jamsie Hall fourth.
McNamara said: "Before the race I thought Questions Answered had a really good chance and I really fancied him. He ran a fabulous race to finish second.
"That was a bit out of the blue in fairness and Faltering Fullback came back to what he once promised.
"He won a novice chase here before and was a very good horse but just lost his way. The three miles and bottom weight just helped him and he came back to form at the right time.
"It's been a great race for me. We won it twice with Ponmeoath and he was back today.
"This is his sixth run in the Kerry National and his ninth year to run here which is a great achievement. He didn't run a bad race (in eighth)."