Quick Jack bolts up in Galway Hurdle
Quick Jack made a mockery of what appeared to be a wide open Guinness Galway Hurdle at Galway this afternoon as Denis O’Regan was able to take a pull coming to the final flight of hurdles and career away up the stiff hill to slam rivals in the Thursday feature.
Trainer Tony Martin had his charge primed to the minute and sent off a 9/2 second favourite he wouldn’t have been too concerned as from a prominent position from the outset and cruising to the front a couple from home hard held under O’Regan it was a question of when and if the button had to be pressed. Martin also trained the third Ted Veale and might have had another runner placed had last years winner Thomas Edison not taken a fall at the final flight when in the mix with the winner.
It was Max Dynamite that stayed on best to grab second in the valuable contest and Hidden Cyclone returned to hurdles with great credit to run into a place and finish fourth with Marchese Marconi, slighty hampered in the race, through for fifth spot and the rest of the field were a fair way back at the end.
Tony Martin couldn’t hide his delight at another success for his team. “The horse has been well all year. He had a great run the last day and we felt he was in as good a form today, the ground was probably in his favour today, it’s the first time he got really nice ground.”
“We couldn’t have been happier coming here with him. All we were looking for was luck in running and we got that. Denis is one of the top five jockeys and they don’t make mistakes. He’s had issues, we’ll sit on the fence for a while but the Greatwood Hurdle or the Cesarewitch are options.”
1st 18 Quick Jack (IRE) 9/2
2nd 17 Max Dynamite (FR) 10/1
3rd 6 Ted Veale (IRE) 16/1
4th 14 Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 6/1
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