LEADING race horse owner JP McManus claimed his first success in the prestigious Guinness Galway Handicap Hurdle when Thomas Edison captured the Ballybrit showpiece this Thursday.
Limerickman McManus launched a four-pronged assault in a bid to win the competitive two-mile feature for the first time and it was the Tony Martin-trained 7-2 favourite Thomas Edison, ridden by champion jockey Tony McCoy, who provided an end to the drought.
Afterwards a delighted McManus admitted winning the Galway Hurdle was on his ‘to-do’ list.
“He was a bit slowly away, I thought, but he got a great run round. He got the run of the race. Thankfully, it all worked out well.
“I had never won the (Galway) Hurdle before, so it was on my to-do list, I am delighted it is here. I think Tony (Martin, trainer) had the horse in tremendous form and Tony (McCoy) gave him a great ride. Well done to everyone connected.
“He had been going well from a long way out and thankfully he delivered. The horse doesn’t want the ground wither too soft or too firm. It was just perfect today for him.
Winning jockey Tony McCoy said: “JP (McManus) has won six Galway Plates and it’s nice for me to ride his first Galway Hurdle winner. He’s a very generous man, but he’s like the rest of us, he wants to win. He’s as competitive as I am. I’m going home with him tonight and we’ll have a nice celebratory dinner together.”
Earlier in the day at Ballybrit, Boher, Co Limerick jockey Brian O’Connell partnered Desertmore Stream to a length-and-a-quarter success in the Guinness Novice Hurdle for the Gigginstown House Stud.