Good sportsmanship amid firm friends
Published 19/08/2015 | 02:30
"When I saw the mare and foal looking so well I told him he would definitely be in the line-up with her," John Roche said of Dermot O'Sullivan and Aidensfield Flamenco after they lifted the Breeders' Championship.
Having won it himself for the first time 12 months earlier with Dermot by his side, John rejoiced when he heard the news filter through to the stables where he was preparing one of his 12 horses for their appearance in Ring 1.
"I was sorry to have missed the class myself, and did not have anything in it, but I was thrilled when the results came through to the stables.
"I knew Dermot was very nervous beforehand but I just told him to enjoy it and make the most of it.
"These wins come once in a lifetime and I know I may never win it again despite having a full yard, so for Dermot to win it with one mare was quite an achievement."
A true sportsman, Wexford-based Roche has had his fair share of victories across Ireland and, despite not winning a championship in Dublin this time round, he was more than content with the reserve two-year-old filly sash he collected with his home-bred Assagart Velvet, by Colin Diamond.
This was in addition to first and second in the middle/heavyweight mares' class with Assagart Saviour and Assagart Sapphire and a win and two placings with his foals.
By Flagmount King, Assagart Saviour is a three-time winner at the RDS. She goes back to the thoroughbred Don Tristan through her dam Assagart Kitty.