Tycoon adds to Galway riches
Busted Tycoon achieved a remarkable feat as she won the Vision Express EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle to become what is thought to be the first horse ever to land three races at the same Galway Festival.
Successful in effortless style on the Flat on Tuesday night, Tony Martin's filly had repeated the trick in similar fashion on Saturday and after giving all the signs that she was ready for a further challenge, she teamed up with Ruby Walsh here.
Settled in mid-division in a race run at a stop-start gallop, the 11-10 favourite made up ground two out but didn't jump the last well when produced to challenge, and she was required to dig deep to get the better of Theonewiththeleg by half a length, giving Martin his eighth winner over the seven days.
The trainer said: "It's magic, I'm delighted for the people involved with the filly, she's very tough. It's nice to be part of history. It's tribute to John and Debbie (Breslin), they are great owners and they give me free hand to do what I want, so it's nice it's worked out.
"It was vital the way Shane (Shortall) rode her on Saturday that he left enough in reserve for today. If you saw her this morning you would never think that she had a race at all. To be honest, at the start of the week I was hoping to get two runs into her and never really dreamed that she could win three in a week.
"I thought I'd run her twice, but I gave her the option of last night and today. I fancied the Flat race but just in case it was called off or anything went wrong, we left her in today.
"The way she took Tuesday's race going into Saturday and how she was today we thought we'd give her a shot. You wouldn't have guessed this morning she'd run last night. We'll give her a pull now and see what the options are later in the year."
He added: "You could never picture having eight winners over the week. You always need a bit of luck. I thought Another Ambition was one of my best chances this week, but he fell on Friday. This is such a unique meeting and you have to set your stall out well in advance as it's so competitive."
Walsh said: "She's a tough mare, she has to be to win three times in a week, especially considering she only won last night.
"She jumped well, she travelled well and she battled when she had to. They went quick early but then they stopped. In fairness to her she stuck her head down to battle to the line."