Friday 24 November 2017

Supple shows way home to claim spoils in legends race

Willie Supple being led in after riding Dana's Present to victory at Doncaster yesterday
Willie Supple being led in after riding Dana's Present to victory at Doncaster yesterday

KERRYMAN Willie Supple rolled back the years in Doncaster where he got Dana's Present up in the last stride to grab the spoils in a three-way photo finish to the Leger Legends Stakes.

Gay Kelleway, the first woman to ride a winner at Royal Ascot, looked home and hosed on Pelmanism when she hit the front a furlong out and took a couple of lengths out of the field. However, the complexion of the race changed in the last 50 yards as Dana's Present snatched the verdict by a nose under a vigorous ride from Supple.

The judge could not separate Pelmanism and Excellent Puck, ridden by recently-retired jumps jockey Jimmy McCarthy, as they dead-heated for second place.

Supple retired from race-riding in March 2012 after a career spanning 25 years. The 45-year-old enjoyed success in England and Dubai during his time with Sheikh Hamdan, which ended in 2006 when he returned to Ireland.

"It was a good buzz to get back," said Supple, who has been helping out with Kevin Prendergast's yard on the Curragh.

"It's hard when you retire at first to know what to do, but it was good to get back and see the lads and I enjoyed it.

"It was good to get the winner. I must thank Kevin Prendergast for keeping me fit by letting me ride out five mornings a week. It's great to come back to Yorkshire."

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