If you can’t shrug off a loss, you can’t be a winner. That quote has a comparable to most jockeys’ circumstances. Horse racing is largely a losing sport, you lose more than you win however if you can put a loss out of your head, the winners will come in due course. In truthfulness, your only as good, as you last winner.
Co.Wexford born jockey Sean Flanagan attained another big race triumph on Sunday afternoon when coasting home, the progressive Noel Meade trained Tout Est Permis to victory in the £100,000 Troytown handicap at Navan racecourse.
The manner of Tout Est Permis won this race is mirrored by the fact this horse is still fairly inexperienced, at 5-years-old winning a race of this calibre is outstanding. The future looks fascinating for this Gigginstown owned horse.
Flanagan warrents serious praise for that ice-cool ride, it takes serious confidence being in mid-pack in such a large field handicap, things can go wrong however Flanagan’s mount jumped and travelled much the best throughout.
As the race gradually got going, Flanagan spotted the change in tempo, he astutely stalked the eventual second Mr Diablo, who beheld to bein pole position kicking for home. Tout Est Permis came their swinging on the bridle prior to the final jump, then scurried the last few yards to a hard-held success. This Noel Meade trained horse won with any amount in hand. Flanagan’s assistance in the saddle really made this triumph look easy. The winner was in a different postcode.
Flanagan’s career is unquestionably on the rise, he is in-demand and regularly amidst the winners, his role as being stable jockey to Noel Meade has undisputable elevated his profile significantly. Now, he is considered as being one of the finest riders currently in the weighing room. When your getting beat, nobody wants to know you, but when your winning everyone wants your assitance in the saddle, it’s the nature of the beast.
Flanagan’s progression didn’t occur overnight, hard work and perseverance has got him in this prime-position. Thing weren’t always champagne and cocktails, he has had a turbulent career, getting noticed riding middle-of-the-road horses is a tough place to be, but he is demonstrated that keeping your head down and working hard sooner or later pays great dividends.
Sean Flanagan is a great role-model for young riders coming through the scene. Anything is possible if you never stop believing in yourself.If you don’t have faith in your abilities, no one else will either.