Robbie Power helped upset the odds to claim yesterday's feature on Ladies' Day at Galway as Tudor City provided a perfectly timed challenge to land a thrilling Galway Hurdle.
The 10-to-1 shot hit top-gear in the closing stages to defeat Due Reward by half a length with Band Of Outlaws a further three-quarters of a length back in third.
Power spoke to Off The Ball's John Duggan after the race.
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It's trainer Tony Martin's third success in the Galway Hurdle, following victories for Thomas Edison in 2014 and Quick Jack in 2015.
The trainer said: "It is brilliant and everything worked out so well. His mother won a Cambridgeshire, but was a short runner and barely got two miles and he was likewise until this year, but came of age and finished out his races.
"They went no gallop, but luckily Puppy (Power) had the patience and the nerve to sit and wait and it all worked out. That's why he is the jockey he is - there are only a few of them who can do that and fortunately we had his services today.
"Him and the likes of Anibale Fly are the sort of horses you get up for every morning. We had a few lean years and things weren't the best, but him winning and Anibale Fly finishing second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup was just brilliant and they are the days you work for.
"The Breslins are great people and my father was a very good friend of John's and introduced me to him before he died 19 years ago. John came to me at Galway two years after and put a few horses with me and it has gone from strength to strength since.
"We wouldn't have the horses we have had in the past, but we have a few nice ones and have some right good owners who are loyal and they are keeping us going."