Crowns Major nails it second time around at Galway to take huge pot

Emmet Mullins’s four-year-old wins €100k pot in Saturday’s big race

Crowns Major ridden by jockey Wesley Joyce  on their way to winning the Galway Shopping Centre Handicap on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Crowns Major ridden by jockey Wesley Joyce on their way to winning the Galway Shopping Centre Handicap on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

 

Crowns Major went one better for Emmet Mullins than earlier in the week when winning the €100,000 Galway Shopping Centre Handicap at Ballybrit on Sunday.

Second over two miles on Tuesday in a minor contest, the four-year-old, who won a bumper at the Punchestown Festival, was ridden by 7lb claimer Wesley Joyce.

Never far from the pace, Joyce kicked on a furlong out and once by Longbourn he won going away by two lengths.

“It was a brilliant performance, especially from Wesley here in Galway around a tricky track in a big handicap like that. He was very cool on him and we’re delighted,” said Mullins of the gelding he bought in Japan.

“The trip was definitely a worry, but to be fair they went such a slow gallop in the two-miler the other night, and he was keen – that may as well have been a mile-and-a-half race.

“It was a huge pot, a great race, and if you’re not in it you can’t win it. That’s a great big pot to get with a horse like that. The little foray to Japan is paying off in spades now.”

He added: “It was only his first ever run in a handicap on Tuesday night and I’d say the experience and everything stood to him.

“It was always the plan to target these premier handicaps with him, the November Handicap, the Cesarewitch and the likes. He’s an exciting horse going forward.”

Joyce said: “He jumped very smart and I sat behind the leaders as I thought they were going a bit quick. I said I’d let them go on and give my horse a breather.

“I came along, picked them up, gave him two slaps and then he just brought me home. He won with a bit in hand and he’s a very nice horse.

“It’s very good for me to win this €100,000 handicap, it’s a big race for a 7lb claimer.”

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