Mick Fitzger­ald, for­mer jockey, ITV an­a­lyst

Irish Examiner - Racing - - CHELTENHAM PREVIEW 2017 -

“My best fes­ti­val mem­ory, the one for­ever etched in my mem­ory is Dawn Run win­ning the Gold Cup in 1986. I was only 15, I was rid­ing on the flat at the time as an ap­pren­tice but I saw what did for Ire­land. Ire­land was on its knees then — it didn’t have any money — but that was such a good story, it al­most lifted the whole coun­try. It opened the news that night and, for me, after that, that was the race I wanted to win more than any other. And it was purely be­cause of that day. I was lucky: I did (on See More Busi­ness in 1999). You have to con­sider what a great race that was as well, the horses she beat to win. And for Jonjo O’Neill as well, I was lucky enough to ride a lot of win­ners for him, I know him very well so, for me, that’s the one. It doesn’t get any big­ger than win­ning the Gold Cup.”

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