OVER 700 people packed into the Staker Wallace GAA clubhouse in County Limerick this Monday night to celebrate JP McManus’ Gold Cup victory with his horse Synchronised.
While the horse sadly had to be put down after landing awkwardly after jumping a bank in the Aintree Grand National on Saturday, locals from the parish of Bulgaden/Martinstown turned out to celebrate his historic Cheltenham win.
“Life’s got to move on. Successes and wins have to be celebrated and that’s what we are here tonight for,” said JP McManus at the event.
The Limerickman admitted that he was worried that his other horse in the Grand National, Sunnyhillboy, had been beaten, before it was revealed that he was pipped at the post by Neptune Collonges.
“I was worried, I was worried that he had been beaten. I suppose I had my hoping hat on but my head thought he was beaten. It’s nice to be in there with a chance after they jump the last and if you win it’s a bonus. The horse ran his heart out, what more can I say.”
Mr McManus was inundated with good wishes from his neighbours and friends at the event who were treated to a buffet and complimentary drinks throughout the night.
Champion jockey Tony McCoy who rode Synchronised in both the Gold Cup and Grand National said the loss of the horse on Saturday is something he would rather put out of his head.
“I would always rather think of the good days rather than the bad days – the Gold Cup was an amazing day, what happened on Saturday is something I would rather put out of my head. It’s a part of racing that is very difficult to take – you can be on such a high one day and then on such a low.”
For more coverage on the event, see the weekend editions of the Limerick Leader.