Afer winning the Gold Cup, Dingle jockey Jack Kennedy's pure passion would get you going
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The horse they all forgot about was Minella Indo. A perennial nearly horse, Henry De Bromhead's eight year-old has proven himself as the real deal now.
Having fell over Christmas and then disappointed at the Dublin Racing Festival in February, the horse avoided the radar coming into the biggest race of all but on Gold Cup Day, he delivered on the potential everyone knew was there to seal an immortal treble for De Bromhead, who Following on from his wins with Honeysuckle and Put the Kettle On, became the first handler ever to take the three championship races.
What a week it's been for him, what a week it's been for Irish horses, jockeys and trainers.
Rachael Blackmore has undoubtedly been the star of the show, romping to the jockey's championship with six emphatic wins but this was Jack Kennedy's moment in the sun.
The Dingle rider has long been touted as one of the most talented in the weigh-room but injuries haven't spared him. They haven't broken him either and in between the setbacks and falls, he's never failed to impress. This was his best day of all, however, storming up the Cheltenham hill to take the game's biggest prize.
Afterwards, Kennedy's true passion and grá for the game were clear for all to see as the normally reserved character lived his childhood dream.
"This is what I've dreamt of since I was a child. This is what I live for. I just can't believe this is after happening."
This Jack Kennedy interview is one of the moments of the week 🏆
"This is what I've dreamt of since I was a child.
"This is what I live for. I just can't believe this is after happening."pic.twitter.com/9PL6eOILhd
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOEdotie) March 19, 2021
That's why he got into the game. That's what it's all about.