Jadanli causes 25-1 shock in Thyestes
Report: Gowran Park, Thursday
Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase (Grade A) 5yo+, 3m1f
JADANLI, the only Grade 1 winner in the field and at 11 the veteran of the field, rolled back the years to land a dramatic renewal of the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park.
The Westerner Boy (4-1 joint-favourite) fell early and Bishopsfurze catapulted Ruby Walsh out of the saddle at the very next fence but we were still treated to a thrilling finish as Tarquinius and Jadanli, both 25-1 outsiders, became embroiled in a battle up the home straight.
A mistake from Tarquinius at the third-last gave Jadanli and Andrew Lynch the upper hand and he just managed to hold on by a head from the renewed challenge of Gordon Elliott’s grey, with Panther Claw a further 13 lengths back in third. Outlaw Pete, the other joint-favourite, could only manage sixth.
Jadanli hadn’t won since landing the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse back in April 2010 but trainer Paul Gilligan felt the application of cheekpieces helped his 11-year-old return to form.
Gilligan said: “We’re happy with that. It’s a lovely pot to win. Andrew said he was idling all the way up the home straight. We put cheekpieces on him today because he’s getting older and getting clever about the game. In saying that he’s a tough old warrior.
“He’s had plenty of problems. Any time you get a horse back after problems, be it it’s an achievement in itself. He came back from leg trouble to win the Power Gold Cup too.
“All these races help. A small lad is nearly always forgotten and that makes it even better to win these big races.”
The Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse next month, won last year by Prince Du Beauchene, is likely to be Jadanli’s next assignment with Gilligan fancying a tilt at the Irish National on Easter Monday.
“It's days like these that make it all worthwhile. He might be entered for the Aintree National but the Irish National is more likely.”