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  • Boylesports Joy For Gilgamboa

Boylesports.com Hurdle (Extended Handicap Hurdle 0-150) (Grade B) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, 24 runners)
  • Winner €60,000 2nd €19,000 3rd €9,000 4th €3,000 5th €2,000 6th €1,000
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 48.60s
  • Off time: 15:25:38
  • Last Updated: January 25 2014, 16:29 GMT

Enda Bolger's Gilgamboa defied his inexperience to win the fiercely competitive Boylesports.com Hurdle.

Gilgamboa, ridden by Mark Walsh, wins at Leopardstown
Gilgamboa, ridden by Mark Walsh, wins 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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