Galway Plate 2012 : Review and Result

Tom Mullins enjoyed success at the big spring festivals and his winning run has stretched into high summer as his Bob Lingo stormed late through the mud to land the spoils in the Galway Plate.

It was a sweet win for jockey Mark Walsh who had to suffer the agony of losing close home in the race on Wise Old Owl last year. Winning owner JP McManus celebrated seeing his colours carried to victory in the week’s most prestigious race for the second time in two years.

In testing conditions, Walsh conserved every ounce of Bob Lingo’s stamina and clung to the inside rail during the draining two miles and six furlongs contest. Paul Townend made a bold bid to make all in the conditions and set sail for home two out on Casey Top but Cross Appeal tracked his every move.

Walsh quietly maneuvered Bob Lingo into contention and early in the straight he steered the 16-1 shot through a lovely split that opened up between the leading pair. Bob Lingo has form over further and in the testing ground he powered home from his floundering rivals. Casey Top demonstrated real courage to plug on for second while Blackstairmountain and Ruby Walsh stayed on dourly for third.

It was Mullins’ first victory in the summer jumping highlight and he was delighted to add the Galway Plate to his ever expanding CV.

“It’s absolutely fantastic, a great day, I couldn’t believe it. I haven’t won the Plate before, I thought I had a good chance last year with Dr Whizz but he just hit a lull so it’s nice to win it this year.”
Mullins is a shrewd judge of promising horses and Bob Lingo is another one of his stars that he picked out of the sales ring himself. Victory in the Plate saw his and McManus richly rewarded for their patience with him.
“He’s a lovely horse, I bought him myself at Goffs, I know he’s a 10-year-old now but we’re just getting to know him.”
“He’s a very difficult horse to train but I felt he was never as fit or as well recently. He can be very hard on himself at home but I felt he was really well coming here.”
“He had a great run in Killarney and did a lap of the track afterwards! My only worry was whether he would hold his form as he’s had a long season,” added the happy winning trainer.
Mullins paid tribute to Mark Walsh, adding that without his knowledge and understanding of Bob Lingo they wouldn’t be celebrating a Galway winner. Walsh was thrilled to finally cross the winning line in front after being so cruelly denied last year.
“That was brilliant and it made up for last year. I sat a bit longer this year and waited until they turned into the straight. He was brilliant. They went a good gallop and that’s what he needs. He needs a strong gallop and in that soft ground he’ll gallop through it like no other horse. He jumped brilliantly. It was a little bit dodgy with the loose getting in my way five and four out but he got me out of trouble,” explained the thrilled winning rider. Galway Plate (Grade A) of €200000.00 4-y-o plus

2m. 6f.  Hcap Chase 1st – €120400.00, 2nd – €40000.00, 3rd – €20000.00, 4th – €8000.00, 5th – €6000.00, 6th – €4000.00 20 Ran
An extended handicap steeplechase for four yrs old and upwards.
Penalties – Winner of a steeplechase or steeplechases after calculation of the handicap shall carry any penalty or penalties which may be allotted by the Handicapper.

1st Bob Lingo (IRE) 10-3 (John P McManus)
(5:41.7 16.06 secs faster on today’s going ) (Tongue Strap) Rated 139
Bob’s Return (IRE) – Pharlingo (IRE)(Phardante (FR))
Breeder – Mrs Bernie Hennessy(Morning price: 25/1)
SP 16/1
Thomas Mullins

M P Walsh

Tote Win €24.40

Place €5.00

tracked leaders on inner, close 4th 2 out, 3rd travelling well at last, ridden to lead 1f out, stayed on well final furlong
2nd 5L Casey Top (IRE) 9-11 (Casey Brothers Syndicate)
(5:42.8) (Tongue Strap) Rated 133
Topanoora – Royal Ruler (IRE)(Strong Gale)
Breeder – Casey Enterprises(Morning price: 14/1 12/1)
(Ring price: 16/1 14/1SP 14/1
Leonard Whitmore

P Townend

Place €3.80

led, joined briefly 5th, strongly pressed from 2 out, headed 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong
3rd 12L Blackstairmountain (IRE) 10-11 (Mrs S Ricci)
(5:45.2) (Tongue Strap) Rated 147
Imperial Ballet (IRE) – Sixhills (FR)(Sabrehill (USA))
Breeder – Mrs J M Mullins(Morning price: 5/1 9/2 5/1)
(Ring price: 11/2 5/1 9/2 5/1SP 5/1
W P Mullins

R Walsh

Place €1.80

mid-division, 8th 3 out, soon ridden, 5th next, kept on without threatening from last
4th nk Cross Appeal (IRE) 9-12 (John Corr)
(5:45.3) Rated 134
Cape Cross (IRE) – Hadeb (GB)(Unfuwain (USA))
Breeder – Shadwell Estate Company Limited(Morning price: 14/1 12/1)
(Ring price: 9/1 10/1 9/1SP 9/1
Noel Meade

Ms N Carberry

Place €2.70

raced 2nd, disputed lead 5th, ridden in 2nd 2 out, no extra after last
5th ½L Alpine Eagle (IRE) 9-12 (John P McManus)
(5:45.4) (Cheekpiece) Rated 134
Golan (IRE) – Alpine Symphony(Northern Dancer)
Breeder – Barronstown Stud And Orpendale(Morning price: 22/1 16/1)
SP 14/1
Mrs John Harrington

A D Leigh

very slowly away and settled well off pace in last, poor 10th 3 out, late headway from 2 out, never nearer
6th 4 ¼L Muirhead (IRE) 10-7 (Mrs P Sloan)
(5:46.3) Rated 143
Flemensfirth (USA) – Silaoce (FR)(Nikos)
Breeder – Mrs Catherine Ryan(Morning price: 20/1 14/1)
(Ring price: 14/1 16/1SP 16/1
Noel Meade

D J Condon

rear of mid-division, closer in 9th 3 out, soon ridden, no impression on leaders when mistake last, kept on one paced
7th 3L Deal Done (FR) 9-10 (Mrs A N Durkan)
(5:47.0) Rated 132
Vertical Speed (FR) – Five Rivers (FR)(Cadoudal (FR))
Breeder – Mme Beatrice Hesloin(Morning price: 22/1 20/1)
SP 16/1
D T Hughes

B J Cooper

tracked leaders, 6th 3 out, soon ridden and no impression
8th 3 ½L Osana (FR) 9-12 (John P McManus)
(5:47.7) Rated 134
Video Rock (FR) – Voilette (FR)(Brezzo (FR))
Breeder – CTE Yves D’Armaille(Morning price: 28/1)
(Ring price: 22/1 20/1 18/1 16/1SP 16/1
E J O’Grady

D J Casey

tracked leaders on outer, 3rd 3 out, soon ridden, no impression after last
9th 5 ½L Wise Old Owl (IRE) 10-12 (John P McManus)
(5:48.8) Rated 148
Beneficial (GB) – Mother Superior (IRE)(Camden Town)
Breeder – John & Mrs Lunny(Morning price: 11/1 10/1 9/1)
(Ring price: 10/1 9/1 8/1 9/1SP 9/1
John E Kiely

A P McCoy

slowly into stride and held up towards rear, slight mistake 6th, some progress from 3 out, 8th and ridden next, no impression and eased final furlong
10th 16L Prince Erik (GB) 9-3 (Dr R Lambe)
(5:52.1) Rated 132
Indian Ridge – Miracle (GB)(Ezzoud (IRE))
Breeder – D J Burke(Morning price: 22/1)
SP 14/1
D K Weld

M A Enright(7)

rear of mid-division, slight mistake 7th, no impression from 4 out
11th 4 ¼L Out Now (IRE) 10-2 (D Cox)
(5:52.9) Rated 138
Muroto – Raven Night (IRE)(Mandalus)
Breeder – Miss Yvonne McClintock & Mrs Jean OBrien(Morning price: 8/1 10/1 8/1 6/1 5/1)
(Ring price: 4/1 7/2 4/1 7/2SP 7/2fav
E J O’Grady

B J Geraghty

tracked leaders, 5th 3 out, soon ridden and weakened
12th ¾L Campbonnais (FR) 9-5 (Gigginstown House Stud)
(5:53.1) (Cheekpiece) Rated 132
Sassanian (USA) – Kries Du Berlais (FR)(Nikos)
Breeder – Patrick Lemarie And Patrick Le Gougouec(Morning price: 16/1)
(Ring price: 16/1 14/1SP 14/1
C Byrnes

B R Dalton(5)

tracked leaders, 4th at 7th, gradually weakened from 5 out
13th 5 ½L Eagle’s Pass (IRE) 9-10 (O’Dowd-Kelleher Syndicate)
(5:54.2) Rated 132
Brave Act (GB) – Cd Super Targeting (IRE)(Polish Patriot (USA))
Breeder – Mrs Ellen Maye(Morning price: 22/1 25/1)
SP 33/1
T J O’Mara

D E Mullins

mid-division, no impression from 5 out
14th 17L Fisher Bridge (IRE) 9-10 (Robert Watson)
(5:57.6) (Blinkers) Rated 132
Singspiel (IRE) – Kristal Bridge (GB)(Kris)
Breeder – Pendley Farm(Morning price: 33/1)
(Ring price: 25/1 28/1 33/1SP 33/1
Noel Meade

R C Colgan

mid-division, 7th 4 out, weakened from next
15th 3 ½L His Excellency (IRE) 9-7 (Gigginstown House Stud)
(5:58.4) Rated 148
King’s Best (USA) – Road Harbour (USA)(Rodrigo de Triano (USA))
Breeder – Steven Nolan(Morning price: 20/1)
SP 25/1
Gordon Elliott

A P Heskin(3)

always towards rear, swished tail halfway
16th 50L Ordinary Man (IRE) 9-10 (Simply The Best Syndicate)
(6:08.4) Rated 132
Saddlers’ Hall (IRE) – Come On Eily (IRE)(Good Thyne (USA))
Breeder – M Murphy(Morning price: 33/1)
SP 33/1
W J Burke

J R Barry

never better than mid-division, weakened from 4 out, tailed off
p.u. Follow The Plan (IRE) 11-10 (Redgap Partnership)
(Cheekpiece) Rated 160
Accordion – Royal Rosy (IRE)(Dominion Royale)
Breeder – Patrick Sheehan(Morning price: 16/1 14/1)
SP 20/1
Oliver McKiernan

T J Doyle

rear of mid-division, weakened from 6 out, pulled up before 4 out
p.u. Whodoyouthink (IRE) 10-6 (Redgap Partnership)
(Cheekpiece) Rated 142
Court Cave (IRE) – Glen’s Encore (IRE)(Orchestra)
Breeder – Peter Greaney(Morning price: 18/1 16/1)
(Ring price: 18/1 16/1SP 16/1
Oliver McKiernan

M Darcy

mid-division, weakened from halfway, pulled up before 6 out
p.u. Shot From The Hip (GER) 9-12 (John P McManus)
(Tongue Strap) Rated 134
Monsun (GER) – Sopran Biro (IRE)(Roi Danzig (USA))
Breeder – E Bec De La Motte u Paolo Cavagnola(Morning price: 20/1 14/1)
(Ring price: 12/1 14/1SP 14/1
E J O’Grady

N P Madden

mid-division, weakened from 6 out, pulled up before next
p.u. Jamsie Hall (IRE) 9-10 (Mrs Teresa Mangan)
(Tongue Strap)(Cheekpiece) Rated 132
Saddlers’ Hall (IRE) – Elegant Kate (IRE)(Good Thyne (USA))
Breeder – Mrs Rosemary Swan(Morning price: 20/1)
(Ring price: 16/1 18/1 20/1SP 20/1
Gordon Elliott

P J Brennan

lost considerable ground at start and pulled up after 1st

Off 5.25
Time 5m. 41.70 secs, which is 16.06 secs faster than the course average
Tote Exacta €599.00.
Tote Trifecta €2402.90.

Non runners Carlito Brigante (ground), Finger Onthe Pulse (ground), Torphichen (GB) (not qualified), Daffern Seal (ground), Harold’s Cross (AUS)
2011 Blazing Tempo 7 10-4 P Townend 5/1Fav (W P Mullins)
2010 Finger Onthe Pulse 9 10-12 A P McCoy 22/1 (T J Taaffe)
2009 Ballyholland 8 10-9 Andrew J McNamara 16/1 (C A McBratney)
2008 Oslot 6 10-13 R Walsh 11/4Fav (Paul Nicholls)
2007 Sir Frederick 7 9-10 K T Coleman (3) 12/1 (W J Burke)


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