The WINNER of the biggest event on the horse-racing calendar earned his stripes in Kilkenny, having spent many of his school days competing with the Kilkenny College Equestrian Club.
Daryl Jacobs, who rode the 33-1 Neptune Collonges to victory in last weekend’s Aintree Grand National, is a former pupil of Kilkenny College.
Riding the 11-year-old Thorougbred for trainer Paul Nicholls, Daryl came out the right side of the closest-ever Grand National finish.
Speaking after the race, the jockey’s former housemaster and teacher at Kilkenny College Paul Cuddihy said that there had been plenty of celebrations at the school over the past few days.
“We are all delighted for Daryl and his family, who has worked incredibly hard in his chosen field,” said Mr Cuddihy.
“It is a vindication of all the hard work and effort that Daryl has put in over the years. He has the potential to become one of the all time greats in his sport.
“I am particularly happy that he has maintained his links with his old school and The Kilkenny College Equestrian Club.”
Sporting success runs in the Jacob family. On the same day that Daryl won the Grand National, his younger brother Alan lifted the Provincial Towns Cup for Enniscorthy RFC. His other brother, Greg, captains Old Wesley RFC and has played senior inter-county hurling for Wexford.
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