Jadanli emerged triumphant from a 51st renewal of the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse yesterday to follow up Galway-based Paul Gilligan's Cheltenham triumph with Berties Dream.
The Craughwell trainer and his father Eamonn — in whose colours the family horse named after Paul's sons Jack, Danny and Liam won previously at Navan — were entitled to savour another big-race triumph.
“We could have sold him for good money at one stage and then he was off the track for two years with leg trouble. After he won at Navan at the end of February he was lame again and we had to swim and massage him to make it here today,” explained Gilligan.
“Andrew Lynch gave our fellow a brilliant ride and he's been very lucky for us. Jadanli could run again if the ground is safe at Punchestown and Berties Dream will go there for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.”
The Irish Grand National, back at this track next year, is Gilligan's long-term objective for yesterday's 25/1 victor which was left with a clear advantage when Zaarito came down when leading three out.
Another prime fancy, Jagoes Mills, was the first casualty, exiting at the second fence on a day when his partner Davy Russell took the honours with a 99/1 treble, courtesy of Luska Lad (11-10), For Bill (100-30) and Quito De La Roque (10-1).
Meanwhile, Florida Express bounced back to form in the mud with a runaway success in the Imperial Call Chase at Cork yesterday to give permit holder Philip Redmond his biggest success.
Florida Express (11-2) shrugged off the challenge of favourite Tinakellylad to win by eight lengths.