Tony McCoy stormed to his second Galway Handicap Hurdle on the Tony Martin-trained Thomas Edison, to give boss J P McManus his first victory in the race.
McCoy edged Thomas Edison into a slight lead at the last, and the seven-year-old did all the running to break away from the pack coming down the final straight.
The horse had only won once before over hurdles, in a maiden two summers ago, but still started the race at 7-2 favourite.
McCoy who won the same race back in 1997 on Aidan O’Brien’s Toasted Spreece said he was dubious of his chances, given Thomas Edison’s track record over hurdles.
“In my heart of hearts I didn’t fancy him, but Tony knew more than the rest of us. From what he had achieved over hurdles, I have to say I wasn’t really fancying him,” he said.
“He travelled well and the ground was a help. The fact he had won on the flat (of late) was also a help.
“You need a horse for these big handicaps with a bit of class. Everything went the way you would like it. This is nice, he was very professional.”
It gives the Meath-based trainer his third win of the week.
“This is brilliant! He was so disappointing at Punchestown, but Mr McManus said he will do for the Galway Hurdle,” he said.
“The horse was the cause of a lot of his own bad luck, was too free and keen, but is learning to settle. J P is a fantastic, patient owner and it is great he owns one that I have always thought the world of.
“When I initially tried to put others into the horse they didn’t want to know, but I have always had faith in him.
“He didn’t need a race over the last three weeks, you could see he was cherry-ripe. We will wait until next Monday or Tuesday before making a plan.”