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Pegus fed It Came to Pass takes home Hunters Challenge cup at Cheltenham 2020 Festival
It Came To Pass caused a mighty 66-1 upset in the St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup recently at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.
The winning trainer was none other than Lombardstown based trainer Eugene O’Sullivan with his daughter Maxine on board to take home the silver. He also sent out Lovely Citizen to take the prized hunter chase cup home in 1991.
Shantou Flyer went on under his owner David Maxwell, but it was not long before It Came To Pass came on the scene with a well-timed challenge.
The 10-year-old put daylight between himself and his rivals and had 10 lengths to spare over 11-4 favourite Billaway at the line.
Eugene is a long-term supporter and friend of Dairygold Agribusiness, feeding our Lombardstown Milled Pegus Horse Feed since day one.
The Cork trainer said: “I’m over the moon. We won this race 29 years ago, with my brother William riding. Sadly my father isn’t with us anymore, but I’m sure he was looking down on us today.
“We’ve a great family operation at home, there’s an awful lot of people involved and a lot of hard work.
“Maxine does an awful lot of work and she’s a brilliant girl. She has little faith in herself and her riding, but she is brilliant.”
Maxine O’Sullivan said: “He just loved it the whole way and everything went right. I couldn’t have asked for a better run round.
“We knew if he returned to his old form that he would have a serious chance, and he did. He was better today than he’s ever been. We knew he’d stay really well.
“It’s really special for our family. My uncle won it in 1991, my dad trained it and my granddad owned and bred it. Unfortunately, my granddad died in the last couple of years, but he’d be so proud.
“This is our Gold Cup. It’s such a family business. It means a lot to us.”