Sunday 18 March 2018

Inexperienced Gilgamboa wins the Hurdle for JP McManus

JP McManus
JP McManus

Enda Bolger's Gilgamboa defied his inexperience to win the fiercely competitive Hurdle at Leopardstown.

Having just his fourth start under Rules, the JP McManus-owned six-year-old was in the perfect position throughout for Mark Walsh.

Turning in he had just Flaxen Flare in front of him but then the Tony Martin-trained favourite Quick Jack loomed up looking a huge threat.

His run flattened out, though, and Gilgamboa (10-1) stuck on well to win going away from Flaxen Flare.

Bolger said: "He's an exciting horse. We started off point-to-pointing with him in Lemonfield on JT's (John Thomas McNamara) day and then we decided we'd go to Galway with him and he just kept on improving - that was only his fourth race.

"He's named after a very good friend of Kieran McManus's, Gil in America, and he's looking in as well so it's great.

"I'm delighted for JP - the reason I'm here is because of him. We'll consider Cheltenham, but today was the plan really and it worked out."

Walsh said: "Everything went perfect. I got out nice and handy, and got a nice bit of light for him.

"I was always happy with where I was. He travelled brilliantly, hands and heels, and took it up into the straight - he was so professional for a horse only having his fourth run.

"Enda has done a brilliant job with him - he has improved with every run. He's a pleasure to ride."

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