What a gamble for the man Barney Curley yesterday.
He sent out 4 horses in his ownership – 3 trained by him and another trained by Christy Grant. Three of the 4 won, including JEU DE ROSEAU having its first run in 742 days. Available in the morning at 25/1, it opened on-course at 9/4 before starting at 6/4 with a mountain of money on. The only failure was SOMMERSTURN who started as the 1/3fav. Had that one obliged then the pay-out from the bookies on multiples would have been eye-watering!
The tactic used to success with Jeu De Roseau was a repeat of what Curley did with ZABEEL PALACE last autumn. That one was off 2 years, before racing on 20th Sept in a seller off OR82 which it duly won at 11/2; then, 8 weeks later on 20th November, it won for the 4th time in 5 races off a rating of OR121.
Barney Curley knows how to plan a coup! Does he know how to plan an election?