One Last Tango improved one placing on two recent runner-up efforts when landing the last at Navan today, narrowly bagging the BarOneRacing Bumper for trainer Eoin Griffin and jockey Harry Swan.
The son of Ocovango had finished second at Killarney and Kilbeggan on his last two runs and today was all out to hold off Ocean Of Mercy by a nose. There was two lengths to third-placed Ted Hastings, the 5/6 favourite, which was bidding to give Gordon Elliott a fourth win on the day.
Following the race trainer Griffin said “you don't always get what you deserve but he deserved that.
“Any time he's got good ground, he's run a good race and was was only beaten three-quarters-of-a-length on his last two runs..
“I wouldn't call him a summer bumper horse, he's a bit better than that and he'll definitely have a little break. We might just call it a day because he won't go soft ground.
“He'll be a nice horse for next summer in all those festival meetings.
“My assistant Elaine owns him and it's her first winner. She has worked very hard with him and a lot of it is down to her. She's over the moon to get that.
“It's very seldom I come out the right side of a photo so I'll take it and we're delighted.”