Trainer Gary Moore was doing his best to put some sort of positive slant on things in the wake of Goshen’s Triumph Hurdle heartache at Cheltenham.
Hitherto unbeaten over hurdles, Moore’s charge had the Grade 1 juvenile prize at his mercy, having moved well clear of his rivals to lead by 10 lengths approaching the final flight.
Goshen got it wrong and unshipped Moore’s son, Jamie, from the saddle to gasps from the Cheltenham stands, allowing Burning Victory to go up the hill and claim an unlikely success for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend.
It was a bitter pill to accept for connections of Goshen, but Moore was pleased on two counts as his exciting horse proved the ability he possesses and, crucially, was no worse for his experience.
Goshen is now 7/1 to win the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham next season and his trainer wants to look forward.
“(I was thinking) steady, steady, steady (coming to the last), but he got it wrong – worse things happen, you know,” he said.
“He’s absolutely fine, he’s in a great place and he’s a proper racehorse. I think he’s very, very good.”
His rider was bruised physically and scarred mentally after the final-flight agony, but his father says Jamie will move on quickly.
He added: “Jamie took it badly and he took a fair kicking as well [when they fell]. He will get over it – he has to because tomorrow’s another day, isn’t it?”
The trainer will be hoping to get back on track on Saturday afternoon as Hit The Rocks, under son Joshua this time, bids to land Fontwell’s opening maiden hurdle at 11/10.