Grand Nationwide hero Monty’s Move continues to be going sturdy on the age of 27 at coach Jimmy Mangan’s stables in Conna, County Cork – the place he has lived because the age of 4.
Mangan will always remember April 5, 2003 – the day when a long-term plan got here to fruition – and a few meaty bets had been landed.
Mangan had suggested members of the Northern Eire-based Dee Racing Syndicate, headed by Blackpool-born bingo proprietor Mike Futter, to again their horse for the world’s biggest steeplechase after he completed second within the Topham Trophy in 2002.
They heeded his recommendation and dived in in any respect odds down from 66-1 to a beginning value of 16-1.
The homeowners and all supporters of Monty’s Move barely had a second’s fear both as he stormed residence by 12 lengths from Supreme Glory within the fingers of Barry Geraghty.
“It was a mighty day for us,” mentioned Mangan.
“He is nonetheless in nice previous type. He is 27 now and is out within the area each day and again in each night time. I feel he may be the oldest Grand Nationwide winner alive.
“We have had him since he was 4. He received his point-to-point right here in Tallow, his very first race, and he progressed slowly from there.
“An area syndicate owned him they usually offered him to the syndicate in Belfast, which was headed by Mike Futter.
“They had been ready to journey to Cheltenham and Liverpool. He was second within the Topham in 2002. We knew we had a Nationwide horse all proper after that run.
“We went over to Cheltenham, and he was fifth within the Mildmay of Flete Chase, and a fortnight later we went again to Liverpool. He was a drained horse for the Topham Trophy, and he completed second to a horse of Willie Mullins’ (Its Time For A Win).
“I mentioned to the lads that day ‘again him for the Grand Nationwide subsequent yr – we’ll come again and win it’.
“One of many homeowners received over a million sterling on him. They backed him earlier than the weights got here out from 66-1 all the way in which right down to 16-1. All the pieces went to plan on the day.”
After carrying 10st 7lb to victory, Monty’s Move was lumbered with the welter burden of 11st 10lb in 2004.
He was not disgraced in ending fourth, nevertheless it may need been a distinct story had the bottom not gone in opposition to him.
“He went again the yr after and completed fourth, however the floor went too delicate on him,” mentioned Mangan.
“Barry Geraghty got here in afterwards and mentioned he was each bit pretty much as good final yr – solely the bottom beat him, and he had high weight.”
Monty’s Move returned for a closing crack on the Nationwide in 2005 and was retired after finishing the course in 16th place behind Hedgehunter.
His feat in profitable the Aintree showpiece won’t ever be misplaced on the small group Monty’s Move nonetheless graces.
Mangan mentioned: “The little village (Conna) I come from, there are indicators as much as at the present time saying the ‘Dwelling of Monty’s Move’.
“They’re very pleased with the horse,” mentioned Mangan.