'Anything we get, we deserve': Ryan relishes first career four-timer

The Tipperary trainer blitzed the card at Sligo on September 15

Friday, September 17, 2021

John Ryan celebrates his first career four-timer at Sligo

The 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 Paul Martin.

The 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.

When odds-on favourite Favori Logique fell at the final fence, however, Father Jed took advantage to give Ryan’s memorable day a perfect ending.

It 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.


“The 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.

“We 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.

“The 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!

“Kitty 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.”

The 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.

“Rippon Lodge is transformed this season, he’s a much better horse,” Ryan said.

“Standing in the parade ring beforehand, he looked a proper chaser and 15-2 was a terrific price.

“He’s a lovely horse and there’s much more to come from him, hopefully starting at Listowel – that’s our Cheltenham.”

Ryan’s maiden four-timer took his overall tally of winners this season to 29 and he currently sits fifth in the leading trainer standings.

The 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.

“It 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.

“We 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 we’re doing.”

The 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.

- John Ryan

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