Sir Anthony McCoy rolled back the years when coming out on top on Quizical at the Pat Smullen Champions Race.
The winner jumps jockey gave a classic performance to overcome eight other high jockeys from codes from your charity race which has received backing that was enormous.
McCoy had his bracket in the place from the start of the one-mile contest and shortly had Quizical and travelling.
Regardless of top-weight, the 11-4 favourite galloped on resolutely to beat at Aussie Valentine – ridden by McCoy friend and long-time rival Ruby Walsh – with a period and a half. Red Striker was steered by johnny Murtagh .
McCoy – who performed a Frankie Dettori-style flying dismount afterwards – stated:”I’m very proud to be here now racing for a terrific cause.
“We could be very proud of horse racing in general in Ireland. The stable staff owners, trainers – everybody has given so much aid to the person that Pat Smullen is.
“Pat is a particular person and a wonderful friend to all. Unfortunately it is tough and gloomy circumstances what we are doing now, but it only shows you what a brilliant game this is.”
He added:”I really always believed I was going to win! No, seriously, you would like to compete against the best, that is what sport is all about, and these would be the jockeys.
“I said I’d not ride in a horse race again and I supposed it, but I am glad I did now. You want to compete with the very best and that’s what has made this particular.
“I got to the best horse and that’s what counts.”
The fame of smullen helped create the cast for the race.
After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the former secure jockey of dermot Weld was forced into retirement and he was not able to ride in it himself as he is undergoing a second round of therapy.
Clearly moved by the occasion, Smullen said:”I am really pleased for Sheila and John Lavery who own the horse. When he made the horse to be ridden by AP to find this result is what everybody wanted, john was made up. It’s absolutely incredible. I’m overcome.
“This isn’t about me personally. This is and we are out make a difference going ahead and to lift a great deal of money and give people confidence, since it will me.
“What a privilege to participate in what’s a excellent business”
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