Moore the merrier as victorious Carberry basks in National glory

In a walk of life dominated by men, it tells you much about the rider who won one of the most exacting steeplechases of the year at Fairyhouse yesterday that her gender only became obvious once she had pulled up – when congratulated by her rivals with hugs and kisses, rather than handshakes.

Nina Carberry's success in the Irish Grand National reiterated her status as the woman who has come closest to achieving authentic equality with male jump jockeys. For some years already no sensible trainer, or punter, will have considered a horse's chance remotely diluted by relying on Carberry against even the best of the men. And there may now be some wondering whether she can play the role of knight in shining armour, riding to the rescue of a sport in distress.

As one of only two six-year-olds in the field, Organisedconfusion has plenty of time on his side if he is to graduate – like several other key Aintree protagonists in recent years – from this race to one that suddenly finds itself badly in need of some kind of romantic renewal. Carberry certainly has every right to become the first woman to win the Grand National, and the improvement made by her mount for a huge step up in distance yesterday suggests she may well have found a competent partner in that quest. That Organisedconfusion is trained by her uncle, Arthur Moore, will hardly weaken the sentimental appeal of their story. Moore, of course, is one of the most respected horsemen in Ireland; and had previously won yesterday's race both as a jockey, back in 1971, and as a trainer in 1996.

"It's a great family occasion, with Nina on board," he said. "He's a lovely horse, so laid-back. We were a bit worried with him only being six, but he has a great engine and a fantastic temperament."

The winner lacks experience for Aintree, but won off just 9st 13lbs yesterday so can at least be campaigned over fences next winter without especially endangering his chance at the weights. He proved very much at home with a marathon distance on spring ground. On a day of warm sunshine, Deal Done opened up a big lead over the first circuit and, though joined a mile out, made a brave bid to go clear again from the home turn. But his tank quickly ran dry two out, where Carberry produced Organisedconfusion going strongly. Escorted by a loose horse on the run-in, they saw off Western Charmer by five lengths, with the heavily backed British raider, Sunnyhillboy, another length away in third.

While this horse prospered for a step up in trip, a reverse strategy did not pay off for one of the most accomplished thoroughbreds on the planet a few hours earlier. Presvis, having added to his hoard of overseas earnings in Dubai last month, was dropped to a mile for another valuable prize in Hong Kong but was not rewarded by the stronger pace connections were entitled to expect. As such, though Ryan Moore again managed to weave Presvis through the field along the rail, he still had a length and a half to find as five horses finished clustered in front of him. These were headed by Xtension, who was exported to Hong Kong after making his name on these shores with Clive Cox, notably when third in the 2009 Dewhurst.

Frankel, who won that race last autumn, dominates 15 acceptors for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas on Saturday. As expected, David Simcock has scratched Dream Ahead, for whom conditions will remain too fast despite the chance of overdue showers.

Turf account

* Chris McGrath's Nap

Piment d'Estruval (2.50 Exeter)

Has taken well to fences for his new stable and travelled best for a long way until fading over a longer trip at Stratford last time.



Next best

Asraab (4.10 Yarmouth)

Remains with the potential to prove better than this, beaten only a neck despite meeting traffic when heavily backed for his first handicap.



One to watch

Crown Choice (Walter Swinburn) has often looked worth a try in sprints and charged home for a third place off a slow pace when resurfacing over 6f at Pontefract last week.



Where the money's going

Vadamar, trained in France by Alain de Royer-Dupre, is 20-1 from 25-1 with Totesport for the Investec Derby, while Hooray is 9-1 from 10-1 for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas on Sunday.

Sport
The giant banner displayed by Legia Warsaw supporters last night
football
News
i100(and it's got nothing to do with the Great British Bake Off)
News
news
Sport
footballPremiership preview: All the talking points ahead of this weekend's matches
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Angelina Jolie with her father Jon Voight
people
Arts and Entertainment
Tulisa as a judge on the X Factor in 2012
tvLouis Walsh confirms star's return
Life and Style
fashionClothes shop opens on Bill Clinton Boulevard in Pristina
Voices
The Ukip leader has consistently refused to be drawn on where he would mount an attempt to secure a parliamentary seat
voicesNigel Farage: Those who predicted we would lose momentum heading into the 2015 election are going to have to think again
Arts and Entertainment
Cara Delevingne made her acting debut in Anna Karenina in 2012
film Cara Delevingne 'in talks' to star in Zoolander sequel
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Junior Analyst - Graduate - 6 Month fixed term contract

£17000 - £20000 Per Annum Bonus, Life Insurance + Other Benefits: Clearwater P...

Project Manager - Pensions

£32000 - £38000 Per Annum Bonus, Life Insurance + Other Benefits: Clearwater P...

Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£20000 - £45000 per annum + uncapped: SThree: Key featuresA highly motivated ...

Project Coordinator - Cisco Partner - £110 p/d

£110 per day + competitive: Orgtel: Project Coordinator (SC Cleared), Cisco Go...

Day In a Page

Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
11 best face powders

11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone