One Cool Poet created a piece of Galway festival history last month for trainer Matthew Smith and the DRFG Partnership when winning three times in six days at the festival.
The Tony Martin trained Busted Tycoon won three times at the festival in 2013 on the flat and over hurdles but this summer One Cool Poet became the first to win three win times on the flat.
Trained in Kilmessan, Co. Meath by Matthew Smith the seven-year-old One Cool Poet had only previously won one of his 29 races but an amazing week in Ballybrit put his name in the record books.
His great week started on Tuesday with a win over an extended mile, on Thursday he stepped up to a mile and a half and defied a 6lb penalty to win comfortably before rounding off the week on Saturday over the same distance with another comfortable success.
Limerick jockey Billy Lee was on board on all three occasions at Galway and this weekend the pair head to Leopardstown for Irish Champions Weekend. They line up in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Petingo’ Handicap of €150,000 looking to make it four successive wins.
The history making week was made all the more amazing considering One Cool Poet suffered a very serious tendon injury 3 year’s ago as a three year old which threatened to end his racing career.
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Amazingly Matthew Smith is convinced One Cool Poet would have made it four in seven days had he been entered for a race at Galway on the Sunday. Smith reported One Cool Poet was raring to go again on the Sunday morning and was somewhat disappointed not to be escorted onto the horsebox.
“I knew by [looking at] him that morning that, if he was to run again, he would win again,” Smith said. “I know he would. I could see it in his eyes. You often see horses who ran the day before and they would be a bit quiet in themselves but this fella wanted to bull me out of the way and he had eaten up all of his feed. He was mad to go again.”
We would like to wish the Matthew Smith, the connection’s of One Cool Poet and all our customers the very best of luck at Irish Champions Weekend this Saturday and Sunday.
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