The Tattersalls Gold Cup
|Group 1, Curragh 14:40
3yo plus, 1m 2f 110y
|Sunday 23rd May 2021|
1 Helvic Dream 8/1
2 Broome 10/11F
3 True Self 25/1
8 ran Distances: shd, 1l, 8l
Time: 2m 21.11s (slow by 8.11s)
Multiple champion trainer Noel Meade is no stranger to high-profile success over jumps, his Flat runners at Group One level have been far less frequent since Sweet Mint landed what is now the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot in 1978.
Having finished behind the reopposing favourite Broome on his three previous outings this season, Helvic Dream, under Colin Keane, moved ominously into the slipstream of his old rival halfway up the home straight.
To his credit, Broome refused to go down without a fight and the two flashed by the line almost as one, but the judge confirmed Helvic Dream had won the day by a short head.
The Willie Mullins-trained True Self, who was last seen landing a valuable prize in Saudi Arabia in February, ran a fine race in third in the hands of Hollie Doyle.
Meade said: “I shall die happy now – I was roaring!
“Colin said to me he was going to sit a bit closer to him (Broome), sit behind him and have one go on him. He said he went too soon the last day and he actually said he went too soon again today.
“He has an electrifying turn of speed to get there and he lasted out. It was a brilliant ride.
“He’s a lovely horse who has been a pleasure to train. He doesn’t take a lot of work – he doesn’t take a lot of anything.
“There’s been plenty of people trying to buy him, but thanks to the lads that kept faith in me as I felt he could win a Group One.”
Reflecting on his previous efforts behind Broome, the trainer said: “We were very disappointed with his first run and then the second day the ground was too quick and Colin minded him. He said we’d beat them if we get soft ground.
“He improved and ran well the last day and Colin was confident enough today going out. I was afraid to even dream about it, to be honest.
“It’s something you dream about.”
He added: “I’ve had a number of horses placed in Guineas, and a fourth in the Epsom Derby, but that is my first Group One.
“They are so easy to train compared to jumpers. I’m always joking with Flat trainers that they are getting away with murder.
“You don’t have to train Flat horses to stay or to jump and there is not nearly as many injuries.
“I’ve always said that Sheikh Mohammed should have sent Willie 200 horses years ago and got him out of the way!
“I was afraid to even dream about it (winning a Group One). I’m thrilled and it means a lot.”
The Tattersalls Gold Cup (Group 1)
€300,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 2f 110y
Going: Soft to Heavy
POS (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (2) Helvic Dream 4 9-5 Noel Meade Colin Keane 8/1
2 (1) shd Broome 5 9-5 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 10/11F
3 (8) 1 True Self 8 9-2 W P Mullins Hollie Doyle 25/1
4 (3) 8 Cayenne Pepper 4 9-2 Mrs John Harrington Shane Foley 8/1
5 (7) 4½ Search For A Song 5 9-2 D K Weld Oisin Orr 14/1
6 (4) 3½ Sunchart 4 9-5 Andrew Slattery Andrew Slattery 18/1
7 (6) nk Serpentine 4 9-5 A P O'Brien Wayne Lordan 10/1
8 (5) ¾ Tiger Moth 4 9-5 A P O'Brien Seamie Heffernan 13/2