Galway: Edison gives McManus first Hurdle win
Thomas Edison lit up the Galway Hurdle today at Ballybrit, putting in a professional performance to land the prestigious race under A.P McCoy and providing J.P McManus with his first Hurdle win.
Trained by the shrewd Tony Martin, the 7yo was backed as if defeat was out of the question beforehand and having been sent off the 7/2 favourite, proved that that was indeed the case, eventually pulling clear to score by 3 lengths having kicked for home on the turn in.
Martin’s charge had shown plenty of ability in his early career, even getting the better of future Champion Bumper and Supreme Novices winner Champagne Fever in a bumper on just his third racecourse start. He failed to build on this great start to his career in the following years and was actually well down the field in last year’s renewal of the Galway feature on heavy ground.
He returned this season with some good efforts on the level, particularly when taking a valuable handicap at the Curragh last time. That obviously set him up perfectly for today, with the added bonus of good ground and of course the addition of McCoy in the saddle the perfect recipe for victory.
McCoy, enjoying his second hurdle start, said: “He was very professional.
“He jumped very well and he travelled very well. It’s like any big handicap – you need a horse with a bit of class.
“He’s probably got great confidence from winning on the Flat, it’s helped him no end. It’s a good day for the horse to get into a winning habit.”
A delighted Martin added: “This has to compare right up there with my best wins ever.
“He’s a horse I put my neck on the line with, I used to own part of him myself before he ever ran.
“We put him to a lot of people, saying that he was a good one and I’m so happy the right people got him and it worked out.
“I always thought he’d win a race like this or the Cesarewitch and hopefully he is half-way there.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
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