Leading amateur rider Nina Carberry made a victorious return to action at Ballinrobe following the birth of her daughter Rosie.
Carberry, who is married to Ted Walsh jnr, teamed up with Cask Mate in the Connacht Tribune Flat Race over an extended two miles for trainer Noel Meade.
Having her first ride since November, Carberry had Cask Mate perfectly placed to kick clear in the straight and the 9-4 joint-favourite ran out an easy 12-length winner.
Carberry said: “It’s great – Noel gave me a nice horse to ride and thank God I steered him in the right direction, I remember 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.”
Meade was thrilled to have provided Carberry with a dream comeback.
He said: “It was marvellous. She was very excited about coming back. Ted was telling me she was really hopping.
“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.”