song has it that three is the magic number but John Ryan went one better at
Sligo on Wednesday in recording his first career four-timer, writes
Tipperary trainer landed the first three races on the card as Kitty Galore,
Rippon Lodge and Grange Walk did the honours but went into the final action of
the day still waiting for that elusive fourth winner.
odds-on favourite Favori Logique fell at the final fence, however, Father Jed
took advantage to give Ryan’s memorable day a perfect ending.
could have been even better had favourite That’s Lifebuoy not fallen three out
in the Brenda Anderson Memorial Beginners Chase, which would have made it four
in a row and a famous five on the day.
Nonetheless, Ryan was understandably thrilled –
though ultimately not surprised – by the achievement.
horses have been in pretty good form all year and it was no great surprise any
of them won as they’re in tip-top shape,” he said.
expected the first four to win and we backed them accordingly. It was a shame
about That’s Lifebuoy – she would have been a big player if she didn’t fall but
she’ll be OK in a bit of time.
first three won well, they all quickened away well and won comfortably. Father
Jed might have been a bit fortuitous but we’ll take it – with a 10-year-old
horse you’ll take anything you can get!
Galore is a very fast jumper who we knew would be much better over fences and
Grange Walk is a top-class horse. We’re running him in Listowel and he’ll be
quick. We’re expecting big things from him.”
Listowel Harvest Festival is also next on the agenda for Rippon Lodge, who
comfortably saw off evens favourite Bentham in the Leo McMorrow Memorial Novice
Handicap Chase on Wednesday for his second win in four outings, having won just
once prior to this season.
Lodge is transformed this season, he’s a much better horse,” Ryan said.
in the parade ring beforehand, he looked a proper chaser and 15-2 was a
a lovely horse and there’s much more to come from him, hopefully starting at
Listowel – that’s our Cheltenham.”
maiden four-timer took his overall tally of winners this season to 29 and he
currently sits fifth in the leading trainer standings.
veteran is keen to share the credit with his hard-working team and believes
their success is a testament to the effort being put in at the yard.
means a lot to have a four-timer,” he said. “We work very hard and it’s a
family-run operation. My great-grandfather had an Irish derby winner in 1911
and we’ve been doing this for generations.
buy horses for €5-10,000, we break them, we make them – anything we get, we
deserve. We have a deep, passionate love for racing and we love doing what