Jacob takes French Champion Hurdle
It was a quiet enough week for Wexford connections in Britain and we had to wait until Sunday for the highlight, and that was in Paris - Daryl Jacob came from last to first to capture the €370,000 Group 1 French Champion Hurdle on L'Ami Serge (9/2) with a very cool ride.
Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins were third with Shaneshill and Jacob was earning compensation for a narrow defeat by that one in France a couple of weeks earlier. L'Ami Serge is trained by Nicky Henderson and owned by Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, for whom the Davidstown man is retained rider.
The seven-year-old by Kings Theatre has been Jacob's ride for ten of his last eleven outings, scoring three wins and five seconds.
Pat McDonald (Taghmon) kept up his consistent run with five wins in six days - at Ayr on Monday he won on Love Oasis (6/4f); on Wednesday at Ripon on a long shot, Wishing Well (16/1), for Mickey Hammond.
On Thursday, he had three rides at Bangor and booted home Izzy Bizu (4/1) for Mark Johnston, and on Friday at Haydock he beat one of Johnson's as he scored on Raydiance (2/1) for Kevin Burke.
His winner on Saturday was on Alpine Dream (11/2) for Tim Easterby at Chester.
On Monday at Ayr there was a win for Josh Quinn aboard Safe Voyage (14/1). Apprenticed to Jane Chappell Hyam, Josh is son of New Ross born rider, Jimmy Quinn, and this was his third win of the season.
Pat Dobbs had to sit out a couple of days' suspension until his win-less return on Sunday, and Jimmy Fortune is still nursing an injury.
Apart from a couple of wins at Wexford (see above), it was a fruitless week on the home front, with three seconds at Clonmel on Friday evening (two for Seán Flanagan and one for Jamie Codd) the closest we came to a winner.