WAYNE Lordan is enjoying the summer of his life as he teamed up with Magical for Group 1 success in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh last weekend.
The Upton native has already ridden 34 winners and is lying second in the race to be Champion Jockey.
Magical was in a different league to her five rivals and she will now be trained by Aidan O’Brien for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Lordan is now sharing the top rides for Ballydoyle with Seamus Heffernan following the retirements of Joseph and Donncha O’Brien from the saddle.
"Magical was brilliant and it was a treat to get the ride on a filly like her. She jumped and she bowled away, she has a big easy action," Lordan said. "When I got down at the three I was able to start stretching them. I thought in the last half-furlong she wasn't even killing herself.
"She's a top-class filly and I'm just delighted to get the ride on her. I wouldn't have a clue where she goes now, I was just lucky enough to get to sit on her last weekend.
"That's Aidan's decision.”
Lordan has also enjoyed an excellent Galway Festival and combined on consecutive days with Joseph O’Brien Flying Scotsman.
His opening successes was comfortable but the race on Tuesday turned into an absolute thriller with four horses in a line across the track at the furlong pole.
In the closing stages, Flying Scotsman really put his head forward for Lordan and grabbed the victory by half a length to reward favourite backers at 13/8.
Cork jockey Finny Maguire won the big amateur handicap aboard the well supported Princess Zoe who looks a very talented mare.
The undulations of Ballybrit make it a very difficult track for any rider but the gaps opened up for young Maguire who is the son of Adrian, regarded as one of the greatest riders of all time.
It was also a notable success for trainer Tony Mullins who is one of the great characters of the game. Winning trainer Tony Mullins said: "Bernard Cullinane found her for us in Germany but when I saw where she was for sale, with the flights being so difficult, I decided not to go that journey and very luckily I didn't go because I know if I went I wouldn't have bought her.
"When she arrived home she had quite crooked legs and I know if I went to Germany I wouldn't have bought her.
"Thanks be to God I bought her on the phone and when she arrived I couldn't do anything about it. But the first day I worked her I knew we were ok.
"I know Paddy (Kehoe, owner) forty years and we've had great luck together. The few we've bought over the years, nearly all won. Paddy already has her backed for the mares' novice hurdle at Cheltenham so I suppose she'll be schooled.
"To win a feature race at Galway is like a Cheltenham winner to me or having one at Royal Ascot. With the type of horse I have, it is the best I can aspire to win and we have won a few features over the years."
It really has been a sensational weeks racing and over at Goodwood Stradivarius pulled off a dramatic piece of racing history with a memorable performance to win his fourth successive Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup — and is now set to be trained for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Sent off the 4-7 favourite, John Gosden’s brilliant stayer faced a major challenge on paper from the Royal Ascot and Irish Derby winner Santiago — as a three-year-old in receipt of 15lb.
Gosden said: “He will be going to the Prix Foy, so we will freshen him up now until the middle of September.
"He will go to the Prix Foy and if he runs a good race there, he will be going to the Arc. We hope to get them both there, but you know this game, there are banana skins around corners.
"He (Frankie Dettori) will sit down and work out what he’s doing — I won’t tell him, put it that way.”
Finally, as the national hunt season looms on the horizon there was a significant announcement regarding top class chaser Presenting Percy.
Owner Philip Reynolds has confirmed his pride and joy will be trained by Gordon Elliott this season, after being moved from Pat Kelly’s yard.
The nine-year-old is a dual Cheltenham Festival winner, having supplemented his victory in the 2017 Pertemps Final with a brilliant display in the 2018 RSA Chase that saw him move to the head of ante-post lists for the following year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup.
However, Presenting Percy raced just once prior to his bid for Gold Cup glory — winning the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park and finished a disappointing eighth in the blue riband, after which he was diagnosed with a back problem.
The son of Sir Percy ran four times without winning last term most recently falling two fences from home in the Gold Cup and Reynolds feels the time has come to move Presenting Percy and the other seven horses he had in training with Kelly to other yards.
“It has been a very difficult decision, but now is the right time for a change,” said Reynolds.
"Pat and I remain friends and I will be forever grateful to him. The horses will go to a few guys who already train for me, with Presenting Percy joining Gordon.”