Nina Carberry made a winning return to the saddle, four months after giving birth, with victory in the Connacht Tribune Flat Race.
One of the most successful amateur riders in the National Hunt, Carberry was successful aboard the Noel Meade trained Cask Mate at Ballinrobe in Mayo.
The 9-4 favourite won the concluding Bumper race by 12 lengths.
It was Carberry’s first competitive ride since the birth of her and husband Ted Walsh Jr’s first child, Rosie.
Carberry has won the cross-country chase at the Cheltenham Festival four times and landed the Irish Grand National on Organisedconfusion in 2011.
Carberry said: “It’s great; Noel gave me a nice horse to ride and thank God I steered him in the right direction. I remembered the way to go around.
“I’ve had a wonderful nine months and little Rosie arrived – I wouldn’t swap that for any winner – but it’s good to be back.
“I couldn’t believe it turning in, I was like ‘have we got another lap to go?’. Noel quietly fancied him, so it was nice to get back on a winner.”
Thank u for all the well wishes looking forward to getting back😊 Rosie s very excited pic.twitter.com/xgb3RnBVBs
— Nina Carberry (@ninacarberry) September 20, 2017
After the race she also tweeted ‘Wouldn’t swap the last few months for any winner but great to be back with one. Thank u @tuvastables #caskmate’
Meade said: “It was marvellous. She was very excited about coming back. Ted was telling me she was really hopping.
“She said she’d come back for Listowel, but then we didn’t have anything to run. I wanted her to come back to ride the horse in Roscommon, but she said it was just a bit soon for her. I’m absolutely thrilled for her – it’s great to have her back – she’s a magic person.
“I must admit that I was surprised by how easy he won. I didn’t think he could win as easy as that. He’s a full brother to Russian Bill but he has more boot than him, more pace.
“Sometimes they just need a bit of time. I’m sure that’ll be the end of bumpers now and the syndicate are from Irish Distillers. They’ve had horses with me for years.”
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