Red Jack gets the job done on jumping debut

Sunday, Nov 12 2017

Red Jack stretched his unbeaten record to three when making a successful start to his jumping career in the Irish Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle at Naas.

Impressive in a couple of bumpers before being turned out for his summer holiday by Noel Meade, the 1-3 favourite was never too far from the pace and quickened to dispute the lead with Judgement Day after three out.

He didn't exactly stride away under a double handful, with Stooshie throwing down some semblance of a challenge, but Mark Walsh never looked too worried on Red Jack, who stayed on to score by three and a half lengths.

Meade said: "Mark said they went slow and it turned into a bit of a sprint, which is probably not up his alley. He'd prefer a good gallop.

"His jumping was adequate and he probably needed it a bit but it's nice to get off to a winning start.

"He's entered in the Royal Bond (Fairyhouse, December 3), but we'll have to see."

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