The Irishman’s fortunes certainly won at Cheltenham yesterday when a Galway organization won their second Festival with the Flooring Porter, a horse they bought for just €5,000 from an advertisement on Internet.
especially since it was St. Patrick’s Day, members of the association wore black and white as a nod to the silks worn when winning Kilkenny diving racer Danny Mullins, who steered the Flooring Porter to win.
The atmosphere in the victors’ encirclement after they crossed the finish line in the Remainers’ Race was like none had been seen in the past three days as friends and family of the four-man association became crazy.
Galway’s men lifted jockey Mullins to their shoulders singing “Only a Floorboard” and “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”.
The horse, owned by Edward ‘Ned’ Hogarty, Kerrill Creaven and father and son Alan and Tommy Sweeney, won the Goffs Award for Best Buy Racehorse 2020-21.
The name Flooring Porter was born because Ned owned a flooring company and three other men used to own a local pub, The Countryman, in Ballinasloe.
This is the second time the horse has won a race at the Cheltenham Festival, after taking home Victory for the Remainer Last year, however, it was the first time the organization had celebrated in Prestbury Park as last year’s event was held behind closed doors due to Covid.
Speaking in the winner’s circle after the historic win, co-owner Tommy Sweeney said: “It’s amazing, words can’t describe it.
“It’s great to be out here with the players, it’s emotional. Tonight there will be a porter for drinks.
“It is always in doubt. Getting into Cheltenham is hard enough. It’s not realistic, we used to think Galway was our ambition, if you want a horse, it’s run it in Galway, but thinking about it running in Cheltenham is something else. ”
After spending 5,000 euros on a horse from a Facebook ad in 2018 and adding 5,000 euros to train it, Mr Sweeney wouldn’t say how much the horse won them but said “we won a little bit today”. today.” £182,878 (€217,000) was the top prize for yesterday’s race.
“We all need this at home,” says Ned Hogarty.
“It’s been a strange time over the past few years and it’s been a morale booster.
“If someone told me we wouldn’t win again by now, I wouldn’t believe them. The horse is for him, we are for him, the parish is for him, and the country is for him. Hopefully we can all celebrate and have a few pints on Paddy’s Day. “
Before that, it was heartbreaking for another horse trained by the Irishman Galopin Des Champs and rider Paul Townend when they fell after clearing the last fence as the horse plunged headfirst into the ground on landing.
Speaking ahead of the day’s first race, Joe Turley from Rathgar, Dublin, said: “We’re here to support Galopin Des Champs, it’s my sister-in-law and brother’s horse so we’re looking forward to it. wonderful things.
“This is the main race for us, we will have a boring day if he doesn’t win.
“We played a little bit during the week, Burning Victory floundered. But this lady (pointing at his wife) won a lot of money yesterday.”
When asked how much she had won, Deirdre Turley did not say exactly, but did say “enough to buy a nice hat here at Cheltenham”.
While that is bad luck for Dubliners, Cheltenham Queen Rachael Blackmore, climbed to claim victory aboard Bob Olinger after her opponent collapsed. “Winning is great but nobody likes winning under those circumstances,” she said. “It’s great to see that Paul (Townend) and Galopin Des Champs are both fine and that’s the main thing.”
It was coach Henry De Bromhead’s second win of the carnival after Honeysuckle was rode to victory by Blackmore on Tuesday. “We all want to win but we don’t like winning like that, but of course it’s nice to win,” he said.
As Prince Charles and Camilla are visiting Ireland next week, De Bromhead said he was unsure if Prince Charles would visit his stable in Waterford but that Camilla would, and hoped to see Rachael Blackmore and Honeysuckle . “It’s great, anyone who wants to see our yard and horses is welcome,” he said.
Unlike Wednesday’s washout, the sun shines for
Saint Patrick’s Day has many bettors wearing blue on Tuesday.
A troupe of Irish singles turned heads down the track as they all wore green scarves and knitted horse hats.
The group of seven said they were looking forward to enjoying St Patrick’s Day for the first time in three years.
As it all went yesterday, it’s been a close call to see who will come to the Prestbury Cup today with Ireland leading the UK 11 to 10. Rachael Blackmore is also calculating to become the Top racer at the Festival in her second year of running, with two wins under her belt to date. However, Paul Townend leads with three wins.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/horse-racing/cheltenham/cheltenham-horse-bought-online-for-5000-by-galway-syndicate-floors-festival-rivals-41459739.html Cheltenham: Horses bought online for €5,000 by the Galway service brokers Festival Rivals