Tony McCoy claimed his first victory with Finger Onthe Pulse in the www.thetote.com Galway Plate with a challenging truimph over Themoonandsixpence by half a length, after Dancing Tornado, his original ride for the event, was a late withdrawal.
The race favourite, Majestic Concorde, finished in third place, while The Fonze, the top-weight ran a big race taking fourth place.
Hampstead Heath had a problem at the start and refused to race, with the first casualty in an drama packed race as Grand Slam Hero, fell at the fence number one and Don't Be Bitin took a unpleasant tumble in the early stages.
With Finger Onthe Pulse always close to the pace, McCoy took him into the front a ways out.
A battle at the last fence caused a few starters their opportunity with Finger Onth Pulse pushing aside the dogged challenge of Themoonandsixpence to win the main event of the week long Galway Festival.
McManus said, "I'm sure everybody likes to win this race. "It's very special. You mark it out from 12 months in advance and hope you might gave one good enough to run in it.
"A few people asked me if I fancied him and I said, 'Have your fiver each-way, he'll give you a good run for your money'.
"But I didn't even have that on him myself. Nonetheless I'm very, very happy.
"He's more than paid his way. Full marks to Tom, he had him looking tremendous.
"He did say that he couldn't have him in better form, so if you fancy him you have to be backing him but I'm afraid I didn't listen.
"What do I have to say about the jockey? Tony is Tony. You have a bit of an edge when you have Tony with you."
Taaffe stated, "The Galway Plate is a big purse every summer. It's the highlight of the Irish summer calendar.
"It doesn't come that easily and you need a horse with a bit of class and reasonable handicap mark. He had both of those, thank God.
"A person who deserves praise is JP (McManus) because he's the man who went and bought the horse.
"His former owner Conor Clarkson is a great owner. He just got caught up in the global downturn a bit and I mentioned it to JP and he very willingly went ahead and bought the horse.
"He's had to endure a couple of very bad runs in the interim and it's come all right today.
"Tony gave him a fantastic ride. That's why he is who he is.
"I feel a little sorry for Mark Walsh (original jockey for Finger Onthe Pulse).
"He has schooled him recently and was due to ride him, but things fell into place for Tony and it will be Mark's day another day."