Mullins had defeated the exceptionally fast time set by another Irishman, Robert Splaine, but in the process he incurred a 10-second penalty for two fences down on Lismore. Splaine still led when Ledingham came in last of the 32 competitors.
'I'd watched Robert's round and I didn't think it could be beaten,' Ledingham said. 'But Gerry said it was possible, I needed to be careful over the first part of the course and then up the pace.'
The pace he moved up to was a breath-taking gallop over the last half dozen fences, with caution abandoned. 'I don't know how he jumped the last, he took off a mile away,' Ledingham said of the eleven- year-old Castlepollard after snatching the pounds 2,000 first prize.Reuse content