Modem lands first leg of double plan at Galway
Joy for the Harrington camp this evening as Day One of the Galway festival saw (5/1) Modem pull off a battling verdict under Kate Harrington to land a famous family success in the feature Connacht Hotel QR Riders Handicap for trainer and proud mother Jessica Harrington.
Always in a good position Kate pulled her mount out at the furlong pole to hit the front and hand on in the finish from Awesome Star ( John Oxx and Jamie Codd ) with Ted Veale, sent off favourite for the race back in third for Tony Martin.
Connections will now bid for a Galway week double with the Commonstown Stables inmate due to line up in the Galway Hurdle later this week on the Ballybrit.
“Everything we wanted to happen in the race happened. I said jump out, get a place on the rails and it was absolutely brilliant. I thought for an awful moment, when I think it was Nina coming back, I thought ‘oh my god’ but she got out and he was great the little horse.”
“He absolutely battled to the line and we are trying to go for the big race double. He’s had a rest from Cheltenham to Killarney and we’ve been keeping him for this. This was the plan but I didn’t think he’d ever get into this race.”
“He was 13 on the ballot and I thought he had no chance of getting in and when I declared him I still thought he wasn’t getting in. Kate was quite happy to ride Kabjoy (unseated Mark Fahey at the start) but she rang to say Modem is getting in and said she wanted to ride him.”
“He’s in off bottom weight in the Galway Hurdle and needs one to come out but I presume he’ll get in. That’s my first win in the race but it’s always been a must-do” Jessica Harrington.
Rider Kate was beaming after the race. “I can’t believe I’ve won. I’m nearly speechless. The whole way throughout the race he was there underneath me and as soon as I pushed the button he went. It was the plan to jump out and get a position near the rail and it all went according to plan. He won easy in the end he wasn’t doing a tap in front and I had to keep him up to his job.”
“I think he’s improved. He’s in the hurdle on Thursday and he might do the double.”
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