Presenters Hugh Cahill, Jane Mangan and Ruby Walsh were a little further apart from each other than would be normal but the important thing is they were there.
Friday night’s first Classic of the season was a brilliant advertisement for the sport with a brave piece of race riding from Colin Keane and a win for the favourite Siskin, trained by Ger Lyons who is a lively personality and was able to express the excitement of a first win at this most elite level within the sport.
“I had more texts before that race than ever before, from people who don’t normally watch the racing,” said Lyons
“It’s just humbling and I’m happy we’ve brought some joy to people and given them such a thrill.”
It will be interesting to look at the viewing figures over the weekend and for the coming weeks as RTÉ carries live racing on each of Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
This coverage, at a time when it is the only live sport is putting the sport into the spotlight in a manner that is normally only the case around the time of the Cheltenham Festival.
When that is combined with a dramatic race and a popular winner its the kind of script that you might not dared have written for the sport.
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