Cloone jockey Shane Kelly was celebrating this week as he landed the German 2,000 Guineas at Cologne, on board Caspar Neetscher on Monday. Kelly’s perfect ride saw him bide his time until the home turn and helped to go some way towards making up for the disappointment of the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.
Having gone off the 3/1 favourite Caspar Neetscher duly lived up to his billing and speaking after the race Shane said, “I knew I had to ride him like that, as we were not sure he would get the mile. You can forget his run at Newmarket where he was in front at the wrong time and in the wrong place.
Trainer Alan McCabe paid tribute to the horse saying, “Caspar Netscher has been a forgotten horse and has always been underestimated. He has now won over five, six, seven and eight furlongs and is very versatile; he’s definitely the best I’ve trained.”
Shane is a former Cloone GAA club player and graduate of the RACE academy in the Curragh.