Galway: Jacksons is the Latin Lady
Jacksonslady landed a big gamble to take the Latin Quarter Chase on Day 2 of Galway, providing owner J.P McManus with a quick double and trainer Philip Dempsey with a landmark victory in the 2m 6f contest.
Third in the Galway Plate last season on her first start under her current owner, the 9yo just failed to get in to this year’s renewal but connections were rewarded with a fine consolation prize, as Dempsey’s charge, backed into 3/1 from 6’s earlier in the morning, put in an accomplished performance under Barry Geraghty to score by just a head from Cailin Annamh in what proved to be an extremely exciting finish.
Geraghty had his charge in a nice position throughout and having jumped supremely, began to make a move approaching the turn in but she was not on her own. A bunch of at least six or seven horses would have fancied their chances on the run in but Jacksonslady eventually got her head in front and just had enough to repel the late challenge from Jessie Harrington’s mare. The front-running Butney Rock stayed doggedly to grab third but only 5 lengths covered the first seven home.
Dempsey said: “She’s tough and she loves a battle. She battled the whole way, but I felt we were mugged on the line. Barry was brilliant on her. He sat in the dip when others might have gone wide and he knows her well.
“She didn’t get her ground last year and conditions suited in this race. We were initially aiming her at the Plate. She’s second reserve for that tomorrow. We’ll see how she is, she’s a tough mare.
Geraghty added: “She’s in again at the end of the week in a two mile one handicap. She has plenty of pace. She was just touched off a couple of times on the flat.”
“She battled well and jumped nicely throughout the race. I didn’t want to get there too soon. It was a good race. She ran a good race in the Plate last year. She deserved a good pot. I’m delighted for Philip and JP. It is Philip’s first horse for JP. I had a nice run round.”
Owner McManus had earlier grabbed victory in the opener with the Aidan O’Brien trained Shield who put in a fine staying performance to score under Robbie Power in the Topaz Novice Hurdle.
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
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