Lough leads a 1-2-3 for JP
OWNER JP McManus watched his famous green and yellow hooped colours finish first, second and third in the Galway Plate yesterday as the original first reserve Carlingford Lough led them home for trainer John Kiely and jockey Tony McCoy.
Michael O'Leary, Barry Connell, Rich Ricci, Alan Potts, they are all pumping thousands and thousands into the sport of horseracing and keeping Irish racing renowned as the best in the world, but without JP McManus the industry would be an awful lot worse off and a result like yesterday is fully deserved for the Limerick man who was winning the race for the fourth time since 2006.
Quantitativeeasing, who has just joined Enda Bolger to embark on a winter over banks, ran a blinder to finish second under Niall Madden and McManus' most recent acquisition, Jacksonslady, finished third on ground that was softer than ideal for her.
Carlingford Lough and Quantitativeeasing provided a dramatic finish but it was the 7/2 market leader who prevailed under that typical McCoy drive, seeing off the runner-up by a length and a half at the death.
It was a first Galway Plate triumph for Waterford-based trainer John Kiely and he revealed: "I hoped of winning the Galway Plate in my career as I was coming to Galway since I was a child and it doesn't get much better than this. JP is a wonderful man and without him we wouldn't be doing as well."
It was a memorable way for Carlingford Lough to break his duck over fences and it was the horse's third win around Galway having won over hurdles here at the last two Festivals.
Kiely added: "The horse has had niggling problems over the last year or so and we probably didn't get to run him as often as I would have liked. We were looking at giving him a run at Killarney but the ground just wasn't right and he wasn't ready so we decided to come here without a run.
"He didn't jump as well as I thought he would but I think the ground went against him a little but I'm glad he made the race. He is a very genuine horse and a lovely horse to have from a good pedigree."
Kiely concluded: "He won't be running through the winter anyway as he disappointed on soft ground and I will talk to Mr McManus and we will come up with a plan."
Tony McCoy was winning the Galway Plate for a second time in four years and it was clear how much the success meant to him as he returned.
McCoy said: "This is a very prestigious race to win. We have a lot of big handicaps in England but none of them are as prestigious as this. You have the likes of the Hennessy and it's not worth half as much."
Of the race, the champion jockey added: "You always give a horse a good ride when you've won. But this horse is brave and tough and genuine and I think all the credit should go to the trainer who had him ready because when they turn up like that it is easy to ride them."
McCoy also praised McManus' racing manager Frank Berry for his role: "Frank is always very knowledgeable about what horse I should ride. We had eight runners in the Paddy Power and he managed to put me on Colbert Station and he got it right again today."