Dungarvan trainer John Kiely is on a high after landing the Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh, as Line Out was first to the line in the 30-runner race at odds of 18/1 yesterday.
Kiely’s charge, ridden by Shane Foley, saw off Cesarewitch Trial winner Turnpike Trip to land the honour - 52 years after Kiely first won the race in 1969, in what is a truly remarkable training performance.
Speaking to WLR Sport's Kieran O'Connor on this evening's On The Ball, John said he was thrilled after the victory which they had prepared for with some time.
"We planned it for a while for this horse - he has a bit of class. We ran him in Tramore to get him handicapped to get him started and without that run, we wouldn't have been able to get him into the Irish Cesarewitch.
"I think everyone who has experienced racing whether it is a big race or a small race it is a wonderful thrill being able to win.
"That is what went through my mind as he was coming to the line and not being challenged - I cannot explain exactly what it meant to me," Kiely said.