Ryanair Gold Cup Glory for Gilgamboa
Fairytale stuff at Fairyhouse for patrons as AP McCoy on his final days in the saddle and his final rides in his home country of Ireland steered home the feature winner on the day aboard Gilgamboa to win the Euro 100k Ryanair Gold Cup for Enda Bolger and long time boss JP McManus at 7/1.
It wasn’t plain sailing and Gilgamboa needed all of AP’s urgings to close at the final fence and power away up the straight past leaders Smashing and Gitane De Berlais but under a power packed trademark McCoy drive the strong and tough 7 year old had enough to repel a flying finish from The Tullow Tank who came from nowhere to grab second place.
Apache Stronghold was an early faller in the contest and Valseur Lido travelled nothing like himself from flag fall and was never involved at the front end whilst it was Smashing who looked the most likely winner at the final flight but Gilgamboa got a good leap and took over in the final hundred yards to the line to the joy of the packed crowds.
Winning trainer Enda Bolger who also tasted success at this year Cheltenham Festival was delighted “That’s the first winner we’ve had together. It’s great to win a race like this and to have that man on top. The ground was a big help, and he just wasn’t right the last day and Mark Walsh looked after him. I don’t know whether he’ll go to Punchestown for the three mile novice or not.”
Shaneshill ran out an easy winner earlier on the card too for Ruby Walsh, Willie Mullins and Andrea and Graham Wylie in the Grade 2 Novice Hurdle coming home 13 lengths clear of stable mate Outlander. A good second at the Cheltenham Festival behind Douvan probably didn’t have to be improved upon to score in easy fashion. The Wylie’s were celebrating at Cork too where the grand servant On His Own took the Grade 3 Chase under David Casey for Willie Mullins from Roi Du Mee.
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