Given that hardly a penny piece was taken for him from British punters, his connections and their friends must have shovelled money on him as if there was no such thing as settling day for him to go off at 16-1 in such a strong market.
On that last afternoon of victory it was eight years since he had first won at the Festival but devotees of the cult steamed in as if there was no settling day. Nor did the old boy, 13 years young and a 13-2 shot if you please, let them down and he won his favourite race for the third consecutive year to a tremendous reception.
The Irish bet on bumper races as if money had lost all value and there will never be a settling day. Some weeks ago I suggested that Willie Mullins's Davenport Democrat at around 16-1 was a sporting ante-post bet for Cheltenham and victory this afternoon would see him installed favourite for a race his trainer has harvested in the past.
I left Castle Mullins that afternoon convinced that Dawn Run was a shoo-in at the Festival and, as those were days of money and courage, lumped on the mare at 14-1 as if settling day was just something nasty that happened to other people.