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Harry rolls back the years

03-May-2019
03-May-2019 10:04
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by Admin

Unowhatimeanharry rolled back the years with a superb second victory in the Grade 1 Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown on Thursday.

Although he won the same race in 2017 after a titanic battle with Nichols Canyon we travelled to Ireland more in hope than expectation this time because he seemed to have lost a little sparkle in recent outings.

But he has been a wonderful flagbearer for the yard since we started training, helping put us on the map by winning no end of races and he has been on very good terms with himself since arriving at Punchestown over the weekend.

To land another Grade 1 at the age of eleven has to rank up there with his greatest performances. We got quite animated as he led over the last flight before staying on resolutely to see off a host of challengers.

At the line he was three lengths clear of Bacardys with two more of Willie Mullins’ horses chasing them home.

As usual when challenged he found more. We are over the moon because he means the world to us and in the back of our minds was the realisation that if things had not gone well it might have been his last race.

So we will enjoy and cherish this latest triumph in a brilliant career while Unowhatimeanharry can also enjoy a well earned break at his owner, JP McManus’ Martinstown Stud before we discuss plans for the future.

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