Michael Graham

Michael Graham

Give Me A Moment's homework stands to him

Thu 6th May 2021, 18:09

Give Me A Moment is delivered at the last by Adam Short
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Patrick Griffin's Give Me A Moment popped up at 33/1 in the Tipperary Racecourse Handicap Chase over an extended two miles one furlong.

There appeared to be no fluke about the success as he hunted down 10/3 favourite Jack Holiday who had attempted to make all.

Give Me A Moment came to challenge the leader at the last and landed in the lead. From there he was driven out to win by two lengths.

This was the winner's handicap debut and he had a first-time tongue-tie.

Thisonesforollie (22/1) finished his race off strongly to get to within a head of the runner-up. Capture The Drama completed the placings in fourth at 25/1.

The trainer's son and assistant, James Griffin, said: "He was recommended by Mike Greaney and he was right - he told me he'd be a nice horse when he goes over fences. He got a very bad cut before Christmas and it has actually stood to him as he improved physically.

"It wasn't a surprise he won, I ride him out every day and he had been working savage lately with the application of ear-plugs. He is very keen and will get 2m4f when he learns to settle.

"His owners Douglas Pryde and David Van Der Hoeven both owned Aurora's Encore and have been so loyal and have stuck by us through thick and thin. They buy anything I recommend sight-unseen and without them I wouldn't be training.

"There is only Dad and I riding out and Adam (Short) rides out at weekends and has been with us for five years."

He added: "If it wasn't for Brexit, this horse would have gone over to run in the UK but we can't afford to pay €1,000 per horse to go, between customs and VAT, when previously it would have cost €300 on a shared trip.

"The chase programme book in Ireland is diabolical but he'll keep going now as he wants nice ground."

Additional reporting by Tom Weekes

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