Carlingford Lough claims Gold Cup glory at Leopardstown
Published 06/02/2016 | 15:54
Carlingford Lough landed a dramatic renewal of the Irish Gold Cup as he won the Leopardstown feature for the second year running.
Successful for the now-retired Sir Anthony McCoy 12 months ago, the John Kiely-trained 10-year-old was ridden by Mark Walsh, who took advantage of the last-fence exit of Valseur Lido.
Ruby Walsh appeared to be sitting pretty on Willie Mullins' charge, but Valseur Lido hit the obstacle hard and was on his nose. Walsh tried to stay on board but had no chance and went out the side door.
Road To Riches had looked to be his main danger but Carlingford Lough (20-1) came from a long way behind to lead on the run-in for Walsh, who got the ride as Barry Geraghty chose owner JP McManus' other runner Gilgamboa.
Road To Riches (5-4 favourite) was beaten 12 lengths in second place, with Fine Rightly (33-1) running a huge race in third.
RaceBets gave the winner a 16-1 from 50-1 quote for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and went 25-1 from 66-1 for the Grand National.
The winning rider said: "I didn't think I was going to win three out.
"They went a hell of a gallop the whole way and I was never travelling, never happy with him at all.
"I just kept going gently with him, but at the third-last I thought I was going nowhere and I was nearly going to pull up.
"I just kept tipping away and once I jumped the second-last the others stopped in front of me and he kept galloping."