Oscar enjoyed an unforgettable day at Punchestown on Thursday when completing a clean sweep in the day’s two Grade 1 contests.
First up was Gerry McGrath’s home-bred Jetson (9g Oscar-La Noire, by Phardante), a half-brother to Champion Hurdle winner Jezki (6g Milan-La Noire, by Phardante), who foiled the super mare Quevega to win the G1 Ladbrokes World Hurdle under an inspired ride from Davy Russell.
“He came here in great form and loves the spring. He stays really well, is tough and never missed a beat over his hurdles. I said to Davy to use him well as he stays,” said winning trainer Jessica Harrington.
“I thought we might run into a place because he was a fresh horse, even though he’d been to Cheltenham and Aintree. But I didn’t think we’d beat Quevega. He loves this time of year.”
Russell added: “Jessie had Jetson in great order and I got a great spin off him. I was quietly confident he would run a nice race
“To be fair, Paddy Kennedy for the last two days has been telling me that Jetson is in the form of his life. He instilled me with plenty of confidence and Katie Harrington told me going out not to mind his price because he will run a blinder.
“I didn’t feel like a fluke and connections were quietly confident that he would run well. Obviously, we didn’t think we were good enough to beat the mare but we thought that he would be involved. All credit to the Harrington team.”
Oscar’s red-letter day continued when God’s Own (6g Oscar-Dantes Term, by Phardante) prevailed in the G1 Ryanair Novice Chase for British trainer Tom George.
“This horse has always been very talented,” said George. “He’s a better horse in the spring. We purposefully waited until the end of the season in Britain to run him so that he remains a novice for the new season. He’s a stayer who will get further in time.”
The former point-to-pointer was bred by Caroline O’Driscoll.