Lynch endures second close call on Vedette

Cruel.

There is no other word to describe it.

Just half-a-length separated Andrew Lynch’s Voler La Vedette and Ruby Walsh on Big Buck’s at the finish line yesterday. On Wednesday, the distance between Lynch’s Sizing Europe and Barry Geraghty’s Finian’s Rainbow was a length-and-three-quarters.

Those are agonisingly small margins for feature races which added up to a combined distance of five miles but such are the vagaries of racing and at least Lynch will have had no ‘what if’ moments to agonise over as he pulled the covers over himself last night.

“He travelled like a dream,” said the Meathman. “We learned a lot from his last run (at Gowran Park when he was second to Zaidpour) and we did everything we can. But Big Buck’s is just a freak of a horse. He could win another four or five of these if he wanted to.

“I’ve never seen anything like him anyway. We gave it everything but he stretched away from us. There’s no shame in getting beaten to a horse like that. I’m delighted for Colm (Murphy, Voler La Vedette’s trainer) as well so it’s a good day after yesterday.”

The drama surrounding that final fence in Wednesday’s Queen Mother Champion Chase was debated endlessly in restaurants, pubs, taxis and clubs deep into yesterday morning.

The horse’s trainer, Henry De Bromhead, said afterwards that Lynch had been adamant that the confusion cost him the race but the jockey was already attempting to look on the brighter side of events a day later.

“I was savage disappointed,” said Lynch, who claimed two winners in each of the previous two years here. “I’m not going to go shouting about it, I’ll leave that to other people, but it wasn’t right. But I just thought to myself, look, these things happen.

“They shouldn’t happen but things could have been an awful lot worse. It’s better than getting injured in a fall or something like that. The horse will have other days and that’s all we can look forward to now.”


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