ON the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, ‘Galvin’ supplied Cullybackey trainer, Ian Ferguson with a second festival victory having won the Foxhunters in 2011 with ‘Zemsky’ also in the same ownership. The winner is owned by long-time patron Ronnie Bartlett, who also won the National Hunt Chase in 2018 with ‘Rathvinden’.
‘Galvin’, partnered by Jack Kennedy, travelled ultra well and was always handy and, despite a couple of novicey mistakes, proved the very easy winner of the marathon contest.
Ferguson buys all the Airdrie based owner’s young stock and had broken and tutored the son of ‘Goldwell’, as a youngster. Bartlett also owned the dual Cheltenham Festival winner and top class ‘Simonsig’.
Kennedy said: “There was not a lot of pace and I was focused on getting him to settle. He’s not a slow horse and I didn’t want to set him alight. I was very happy to sit where I was downhill and I got a good jump three out and a lovely run down the inner from the second last. I was surprised he made a couple of mistakes, but think it was probably jockey error! It’s brilliant for Ian Ferguson, who buys all the owner’s horses and pre-trains them.”
Ferguson added: “I’m delighted for Ronnie (Bartlett), as he’s a very long standing owner and a great supporter and sponsor at Cheltenham. I don’t know where he’ll go next – I’ll discuss that with the owner. That’s his fifth win in a row and is better for a break and when fresh.”