Navan Sun, 8th Nov, 2020
The Jam Man I'm emotional! He's only a pony and going around the paddock against those big horses he was dwarfed. I walked the track early, I went down to the last and then to the open ditch and thought 'am I wise doing what I'm doing'. Paul (Townend) was majestic on him, I told him to ride him with confidence and if he could get to the third last without any real drama, he'd have a great chance because he does all his best work in the home-straight. He was rated on his chase wins, which was good, but they were in poor races. I wanted to save his mark for a big pot and it's a pity for 'Tubs' (son Kian McNally) who is at home. It would have been unbelievable if he was here as he does a lot of work with him at home. It's a pity he's not able to share it with us. Usually I wouldn't get emotional but straight after he passed the line I didn't know what to do!. I'd like to dedicate the win to Johnny O'Connor. He owned the horse before he was tragically killed in a car crash. We call the horse JJ at home in memory of him and I like to think he's looking down and helping us. Ciaran Fennessy also deserves a lot of credit for buying him and producing him as a young horse.