The Noel Meade trained Bonny Kate made all the running to win the opening Auld Stand Ratoath/Kellys Pub Ashbourne Beginners Chase at Fairyhouse today, capitalising from the unfortunate exit and eventual loss of 4/5 favourite Alvisio Ville in the race.
Ridden by Sean Flanagan, Bonny Kate maintained a good gallop throughout and in the end stayed on strongly in the home straight for a six lengths win over Marinero.
Following the win Meade stated “jumping and staying is her game so we let her roll along. Sean (Flanagan) said she lost her rhythm a bit when he gave her an ease but she jumped well when he asked her to go on.
"She's a really good looking mare, and is a full-sister to Mala Beach. We'll probably look at mares races, although they are fairly hot at the moment, and we'll find something around Christmas."