“His jumping was adequate and he probably needed it a bit but it’s nice to get off to a winning start. Insisted trainer Noel Meade.
After the duel bumper winner Red Jack made a successful transition to the jumps racing scene in Maiden Hurdle at Naas at odds of 1/3.
The JP McManus-owned four-year-old jumped well in the main in the hands of Mark Walsh and responded to his rider’s urgings in the straight to score by an easy three and a half lengths from Stooshie who was evidently chasing in vein.
Meade added : “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.
“He’s entered in the Royal Bond (Fairyhouse, December 3), but we’ll have to see.”