Gordon Elliott and Robbie Power teamed up yesterday to add some stars and stripes to their collective CVs when landing the Grand National
Hurdle Stakes at Far Hills in New Jersey on a raid across the Atlantic.
Galway Plate third (to Clarcam) Jury Duty delivered a verdict for the Sideways Syndicate to land the substantial first prize that was worth over €200,000.
Clarcam also ran in the in the race, but finished out of the frame for Jack Kennedy.
Meath sportsperson of the year Power was enjoying his first taste of success in the USA and gave favourite Jury Duty every chance in the two miles and
five furlongs contest starting to make headway from four out.
Power and Jury Duty took it up inside the final two furlongs and despite hanging left approaching the last kept on well to win to a great reception.
“Gordon has had this plan hatched since Jury Duty was a good third in the Galway Plate," stated Power who called on the assistance of another Meath man and former Irish Grand National-winning jockey Ross Geraghty for some advice.
Ross, a brother of Barry Geraghty, is enjoying some success in the USA for the last few years and duly obliged his Meath colleague with some useful
guidance on Robbie Power's first race-riding assignment Stateside.
There was congratulations sent from the Moynalvey GAA club following the victory through Twitter.
Congratulations to the locally owned "Sideways Syndicate" on winning the American Grand National with "Jury Duty", ridden by local jock Robbie "Puppy" Power! And to our local syndicate reps executive committee member & Co. Board delegate Peter Collins on receiving the Cup!