Sir Peter O Sullevan’s Arkle Influence
Famed author of “Arkle, The Story of the World’s Greatest Steeplechaser”, Sean Magee came face to face with his muse yesterday when he visited Bronze Art Foundry. Knowing Arkle inside out and seeing the lifesize statue of him and Pat Taaffe could have been a disappointment for Sean but he was lost for words for quite some time (no mean feat for Sean!).
Sean was in Ireland with a group of Arkle fans who had bid for an Arkle Tour in a charity auction organised by Sir Peter O Sullevan. Arriving in Dublin from the UK yesterday morning, courtesy of Michael O Leary, the group of 9 visited Ballymacoll where Arkle “holidayed”, Malahow where he was bred and born, Dreaper’s yard in Greenogue where they were fed and watered and enjoyed a tour of the yard, then off to the foundry where they had an opportunity to see the statue as it awaits its plinth.
These are Arkle fans so there was no way we were going to get away with mistakes in our sculpture. Nothing says more than a speechless crowd! They examined Arkle an Pat from head to hoof and couldn’t find fault. The rest of their tour saw them dine and sleep at the K Club, visit Coolmore and Navan racecourse, all with a promise of a return for the unveiling of the statue.