Hurdle hat-trick for Martin
Tony overjoyed as Tudor City takes memorable Galway triumph to confirm his yard is back in the best of health
Tony Martin was basking in the glory of his third success in the Guinness Galway Handicap Hurdle and insisted that horses like Tudor City are the ones "you get up in the morning for".
Martin was following up on previous victories with Thomas Edison and Quick Jack in 2014 and 2015 respectively, and teamed up with Quick Jack owner John Breslin once more to scoop a handsome purse of €177,000.
After a difficult period for the yard, which took a sharp turn in fortunes and saw just seven winners last season, Martin was delighted to be back among the big-race winners.
"It's great that you have the like of him and Anibale Fly, they are the horses you get up in the morning for," Martin beamed afterwards.
"We had a few lean years there, things were not the best but the like of him and the other horse running second in the Gold Cup is just brilliant. They are the days you work for.
"The way the job was going, yeah, of course it was (a sweet win). He was a horse that really came right this year.
"He was second, bet fair and square in Fairyhouse, he stayed well and was just beaten by a better one. In Killarney he was unlucky but I loved the way he finished out."
Yesterday's victory also represented a second win in the race for jockey Robbie Power, who was on the mark in 2013 on the Mick Winters-handled Missunited.
Power delivered a patient ride and was still towards the back approaching the second last.
"It's fantastic. My agent was working hard last week on what to ride in the race and then I rode a winner for Tony in Ballinrobe last week and he asked me to ride this horse," Power said.
"Tony fancied it strongly and he knows what it takes to win a Galway Hurdle so I was inclined to go along with him. I rang Niall McCullagh about him and to be fair to him he was very sweet about him. He said he gave him a good feel in Leopardstown the last day he rode him.
"I had a lot of horses in front of me coming into the dip and I needed plenty of luck in running, but Tony assured me I was on a horse with plenty of speed and that if the gaps opened, he'd fill them," Power said.
Tudor City also holds an entry in today's Galway Guinness Handicap and the Meath handler didn't rule out giving him another chance to win at Ballybrit.
"He is in tomorrow night. We'll see how he is tomorrow - you wouldn't know what we could do.
"You never know, I wouldn't rule it out - they went no gallop so you never know. We'll see how it is, the ground is grand and we'll see how he is."