Misery for Mangan as Oscar Delta unseats teenage rider… just yards from winning post at Cheltenham Festival
16:55 GMT, 15 March 2013
17:53 GMT, 15 March 2013
Teenage jockey Jane Mangan had victory snatched from her grasp in the Foxhunter Chase as Oscar Delta unseated her as they powered towards the finish.
In the amateur version of the Gold Cup, Oscar Delta jinked to the left, hitting
the rope where there was no permanent rail and the daughter of trainer
Jimmy Mangan was unshipped, leaving favourite Salsify to take advantage.
So far so good: Oscar Delta looked unbeatable approaching the line…
… but after jinking to the left he collided with the rail and there was no way back for Jane Mangan….
…and it was left to Salsify to claim the honours
It was a cruel blow for punters who had backed Oscar Delta, 20-1 at the off, and Irish firm Paddy Power are refunding bets on the Mangan runner.
Creevytennant set the pace but continually jumped out to the right and he was still in front until the fourth-last where Oscar Delta took it up.
The 10-year-old pulled away from Salsify after the third-last fence and jumped the last with a handy lead.
He looked set for victory until it turned into defeat and agony for connections.
Colman Sweeney was able to coast his mount, trained by his father Rodger, over the line 20 lengths ahead of Divine Intavention with Cottage Oak a neck away in third.
Head in hands: Jane Mangan can't believe her bad luck after crashing off Oscar Delta in the Foxhunter Chase
Just her pride that's hurt: Mangan after the fall that cost her victory in the Foxhunter Chase
Salsify is the first back-to-back winner of the amateur riders' Gold cup since Double Silk in 193-94.
Sweeney jnr said: 'God was on my side, I feel sorry for Jane, though. I did feel he was going to rally but I probably wouldn't have got there.
'This horse is a different horse on decent ground, he didn't feel the same at all on soft.
'He can be very keen so I dropped him right out until I got settled and then he jumped into it.
'He does rally and stay on but I think Jane would have won.
'I'd like to dedicate this to John Thomas (McNamara) as everything we do we do for love. He was one of the senior boys when I first started and he still is. We're all thinking of him.'
Sweeney snr said: 'It was very lucky and I'm gutted for Jane who is a good friend of ours and a very polished rider.
'Our fellow didn't like the ground but he kept trying his best but Jimmy Mangan should have been the winner.'