Galway Wed, 31st Jul, 2019
Borice I was worried about the ground with this lad. I thought it was too dry for him and I was humming and hawing about whether to run him but Simon flew over from Nice this morning and Anthony Bromley came over, and it was brilliant, unbelievable. He was sent over to us by Simon and Isaac and the plan was to go for good, big staying chases. I fancied him in the Paddy Power last year, but I’d say he hadn’t filled into himself after coming from France and maybe I ran him a bit soon. But that was great he won today, and he’ll be a nice horse for all them staying chases. It’s been a lucky race for us, and it’s nice to win another Galway Plate. We thought he was (our leading contender) all along — he was paper favourite this morning but obviously drifted a bit with the ground. We’ll enjoy today and dream about it but that was what he was sent to me for - to be an English National horse. We said if we were going to run him, we’d run him in a good staying chase. I wasn’t going to run him in a 20-grand race, it would have to be a 100-grand race plus, and thankfully it worked out. Luke gave him a super ride, and there’s no stronger jockey at that weight. He’s been around the yard a long time, and I’m good friends with his father, Philip, and it was nice for them that he won it.