Equine stars came out in force for Irish Champion Stakes Day at Leopardstown, which saw a series of memorable performances from horses at the top of their game.
One of those was the Dermot Weld-trained TAHIYRA, who delivered again in the Matron Stakes to land a third successive Group 1, and a fourth of her six-race career.
Always well positioned behind the leaders, she cruised up on the bridle running off the home turn and once asked to quicken by rider Chris Hayes, the result never looked in doubt.
Later on the card, there was a notable success in the Irish Champion Stakes, with Auguste Rodin bouncing back from his flop in the King George at Ascot to win a 12th edition of the race for Aidan O’Brien.
“She’s just a wonderful, lovely filly to have anything to do with. I’m delighted to have won today and every day she does win,” Glennon said.
Speaking about the part Glennon plays in the team at Rosewell House, Weld said: “Davy is an essential part of our team and he’s a tremendous person to have to look after a horse. He’s very selective and only likes to look after the best, so you have to be selective what you give him! “He’s gifted and I’m very proud to have him in my employment. Nobody deserves this award, I think, more so than him. I appreciate World Pool giving him this because of the effort and the work that he puts in.”
Glennon will now have the chance to win a trip to Hong Kong next year should Tahiyra’s win be chosen as World Pool Moment of the Year.
Our World Pool Moment of the Day at Leopardstown goes to TAHTIRA’s long-term groom, Davy Glennon.