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‘I thought I was grand, but obviously I was lost’ – Jockey Ian Power has worked his way back to the top

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Ian Power partners Master McShee in a Grade 1 novice chase at Leopardstown next Sunday. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Ian Power partners Master McShee in a Grade 1 novice chase at Leopardstown next Sunday. Photo: Steve Humphreys

My Design, ridden by Ian Power, on the way to winning the 2m4f mares maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse earlier this month. Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post

My Design, ridden by Ian Power, on the way to winning the 2m4f mares maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse earlier this month. Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post

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Ian Power partners Master McShee in a Grade 1 novice chase at Leopardstown next Sunday. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Just over two years ago, Ian Power went to Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival with his father and brother. He hadn’t ridden in a race for more than seven years and though he was riding out for some small trainers around west Waterford, the Abbeyside man was happily working as a labourer in the building trade.

He hadn’t delivered on the early promise shown when winning some significant pots, primarily for boss Noel Meade, the highlight of which was the Grade 3 Golden Cygnet Hurdle on Watson Lake when, with Paul Carberry injured, Meade put him up as a conditional not allowed to use his claim.


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