Limerick’s Mark Enright admitted to RTE that he had been “on his last legs” not so long ago before convincing Gordon Elliott to give him a job.
Yesterday, Elliott’s faith in the 25-year-old jockey paid off in the form of a 33/1 winner in the prestigious Galway Plate.
It was to be the biggest day of Enright’s career so far on Wednesday as he landed the feature on day three of the Galway Festival for Elliott and owners Gigginstown House Stud aboard Clarcam.
"I said to Gordon was there any chance of a job. I was on my last legs" – Mark Enright pays tribute to trainer Gordon Elliott after winning the Galway Plate pic.twitter.com/vq6M3ugZIK
— RTÉ Racing (@RTEracing) August 1, 2018
Elliott had four runners in the race and Gigginstown had six, Clarcam was the outsider at 33/1, yet was steered home in style by Enright, indeed two underdogs combined to do something truly special, as echoed by Limerick senior hurling hero Shane Dowling.
When I grow up I want to be Mark Enright.. Although I would hardly make the weight! 🙈🙈 serious win kid!! Well done 👍🏼👍🏼💚 https://t.co/5IEhTCbMDt
— Shane Dowling (@dowlerznap) August 1, 2018
Enright is well known for his bravery off the track. Speaking out publicly about his struggles with depression and how he overcame the infliction.
Video courtesy of The42.ie.
Watch the race in full below courtesy of At The Races.