REMEMBER last year? Going into Galway week, One Cool Poet’s list of entries was as wide as it was deep: a handicap hurdle on Monday, a beginners’ chase on Tuesday, flat handicaps on Tuesday and Thursday.
He didn’t get into the handicap hurdle on Monday, so that was trainer Matthew Smith’s Plan A out the window. He got into the flat handicap on Tuesday though, a one-mile handicap, for a horse whose previous run had been in a two-and-a-half-mile beginners’ chase. It didn’t matter. Billy Lee delivered him fast and late to get up and win by a neck.