Carlingford Lough (white cap): 7-2 favourite lands big gamble at GalwayPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Carlingford leads home McManus 1-2-3 in Plate
Report: Galway, Wednesday
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CARLINGFORD LOUGH, who only made the Galway Plate line-up late in the day, landed a big gamble when leading home a JP McManus-owned 1-2-3 in the big chasing prize of the summer season in Ireland.
With Tony McCoy declared to ride, Carlingford Lough was first reserve and got into the field just before the afternoon deadline after McManus’s Like Your Style came out due to the ground, which had been good, good to firm in places at declaration time on Tuesday before turning soft following heavy morning rain.
The John Kiely-trained chaser, sent off the well-backed 7-2 favourite, worked his way into contention swinging for home and had enough in the tank to overhaul Quantitativeeasing (33-1) with Jacksonslady (12-1) next and Muirhead (16-1) ending the McManus domination in fourth.
The leading owner was winning the Plate for the sixth time and second year in succession following the heroics of Bob Lingo, who finished 16th this time under top weight, 12 months ago.
“I was hoping he would get in and was expecting more to come out with the ground the way it was,” said Kiely.
“He has had his problems but we were always hopeful we would get a good race from him.”
Successful on Finger Onthe Pulse for McManus in 2010, McCoy waited until after the final fence before launching his challenge on the long climb to the finish, driving his mount to a one and a half length win.
"AP showed a real never say die spirit," said McManus. "I don't think anyone else would have won him."