Estimated as a 2-year-old on the flat with Jim Bolger, the horse recently joined the stable of Emmett Mullins, nephew of Willie Mullins. A month on from his last flat race, the little-known son of Frackus won over hurdles in Ireland. This Saturday, Mctigue took several steps at once, winning the Prix Georges de Talhouet-Roy (Gr.2) against the best French 3-year-olds.
Mctigue dominates beloved St. Donat’s ©APRH
This Saturday, October 15, was a dress rehearsal before the 48-hour long awaited weekend of disruption. Today’s first group is reserved for the younger generation. The Elite 3 also raced over hurdles in the Prix Georges de Talhaut-Roi (Gr. 2) before the next Prix Cambaceres (Gr. 1). After winning the honorary title of leader of his generation in the Prix Robert Lejeune (Gr.3). St. Donat’s He was a horse to beat. Once again, the lambHugo Merian He managed to get ahead of his compatriots, but had to concede defeat to the Irish visitor McTigue. If on the flat we were used to seeing the Anglo-Irish give us trouble in groups, and this fact was very rare when jumping. Hope thatEmmett Mullins, A successful coach does not give ideas to his colleagues!
It’s already not easy to win a group in Auteuil, even less when you find the barrier temple, and even less when you find the barrier 15 days ago. Yet Mctigue didn’t mind, feeling like a fish in Paris water. Across the Channel, the jumping program is completely different from the French program. While domestic horses are often competed at 3 and 4 years old, domestic jumpers are programmed to perform efficiently from 5 or 6 years of age. Before that, young horses are trained on the point-to-point circuit. Thus in the few groups reserved for 3- and 4-year-old horses, most of the competitors are flat horses, converted to jumping. This is McTigue’s case.
Raised Joseph And Margaret JoyceMctigue is a very unknown son crash. This sonin the wing (Similarly Adlerflug And Singspiel Editor’s note) Joyce wore the couple’s colors and won two Grs.3s and a Gr.2 over 2000m. Belonging to the same familyOasis dreamFracas would become a stallion at Cahermorris Stud, Joseph Joyce’s stud farm. Jim Bolger, Fracas’ coach decided to send his 20s for his debut. A decision that surprised the entire channel as Bolger is one of the heavyweights on the flat, Fracas only covered jumping broodmares. If served in the fracas dish Smash-WilliamsA 2-year-old Gr. 3 winner, straight over 1000m, his progeny best expressed over jumps.
McTigue started his career early in his 2-year-old July at Galway at 1400m. From his next outing, he won the mile. After this win, his trainer Jim Bolger decided to go to England to compete in the Futurity Trophy, a very popular Gr.E Square Samachathuram. By age 3, Mctigue was consistently in large handicaps, but unable to impose himself. After buying it back for €125,000 during the Goffs Champion Sale, it will be sold amicably to Paul Byrne. The colt will later join the stable of Emmett Mullins (32). Willie Mullins. McTigue’s training in overcoming obstacles is evident. Five weeks after his last flat race, the 3-year-old began winning over hurdles. Already very mature, McTeague must cross the Channel again in early November to try to remain unbeaten in his new discipline.
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