Galway races review & results for Monday

Fosters Cross could bid for a quick follow-up in Thursday’s valuable Guinness Handicap Hurdle at Galway to last night’s emphatic success there for the Co Kilkenny stable of Tom Mullins in the featured amateur handicap.

Making most of the running under talented Wexford claiming rider Colin Motherway, the nicely-supported 10/1 chance delighted Mullins and Cork owner Patrick O’Donovan by leaving his rivals struggling from the final turn in front of a bumper first-day attendance of 17,570 people which was less than 400 behind last year’s Monday crowd (17,961).

Not since Athy Spirit landed back-to-back wins in 1990 has the elusive Monday-Thursday double been achieved at Ballybrit and Mullins is quite hopeful of bringing off a similar feat.

“This horse is a joy to train- he always eats up after his races and gives of his best. He won a Grade 3 here before on his first start over fences and if last year’s winner Overturn stays in the big hurdle he will have a nice weight once more,” remarked Tom who was enhancing the Mullins family’s splendid strike-rate at the Summer Festival in recent decades.

Fosters Cross which was scoring for the seventh time in his career and was backed from 14/1 to 10/1 continued a trying first session of the week for favourite backers as the odds-on Ballydoyle chance Learn was turned over in the preceding juvenile maiden.

For the 20th time in his distinguished career it was Curragh-based Dermot Weld that landed the coveted prize as Dr Ronan Lambe’s Riviera Poet (2/1) finished much the stronger of the market principals under determined champion jockey Pat Smullen.

“This is a very talented colt but I had to rush him to get here as he suffered slightly sore shins following his good debut run at the Curragh behind Power. He could be heading to the National Stakes later in the season,” Dermot explained.

The training honours of the night however went to Dungarvan veteran John Kiely who hit the target with both the 12/1 chance Carlingford Lough (Mark Walsh) in the Handicap Hurdle and Saint Gervais (4/1 favourite) in the hands of local hero Derek O’Connor in the Flat Race.

Attendance 17,570 (2011) 17,961 (2010)

Tote Turnover €663,167 (2011) €702,081 (2010)

Bookmakers €1464,826 (2011) €1,678,949 (2010)

5:05 – & the Novice Hurdle
2m, €13,000.00
1 Virgil Earp 9/1
2 Devil’s Elbow 7/1
3 Sulwaan 13/8F
NR: Mejd (IRE)
9 ran Distances: 3½l, ½l, 1½l
TIME 3m 54.70s (slow by 14.70s)
Jockey: P Carberry
Trainer: Noel Meade
WIN £9.40 PL £2.20, £1.80, £1.10
Ex £100.30
CSF £72.74

5:35 – Handicap Hurdle
2m, €10,005.00
1 Carlingford Lough 12/1
2 Tajweed 14/1
3 First Trim 14/1
15 ran Distances: 3½l, ¾l, ¾l
TIME 3m 53.30s (slow by 13.30s)
Jockey: M P Walsh
Trainer: John E Kiely
WIN £14.10 PL £3.60, £5.20, £4.50
Ex £299.30
CSF £171.32
TRICAST £2412.17

6:10 – European Breeders Fund Maiden (Colts & Geldings)
7f, €11,730.00
1 Riviera Poet 2/1
2 Learn 4/6F
3 Shukhov 25/1
10 ran Distances: 1l, 13l, shd
TIME 1m 30.68s (slow by 3.68s)
Jockey: P J Smullen
Trainer: D K Weld
WIN £3.30 PL £1.10, £1.02, £4.60
Ex £4.30
CSF £3.73

6:45 – (QR) Handicap
2m, €45,000.00
1 Fosters Cross 10/1
2 Cry For The Moon 12/1
3 Table Mountain 20/1
4 Eagle’s Pass 16/1
NR: Dreamy Gent (IRE), Mull On The Run (IRE), Walter De La Mare (IRE)
20 ran Distances: 4l, hd, 3½l
TIME 3m 45.02s (slow by 11.02s)
Jockey: Mr C Motherway
Trainer: Thomas Mullins
WIN £12.60 PL £2.40, £2.80, £7.20, £4.10
Ex £159.50
CSF £132.47
TRICAST £2444.67

7:15 – Handicap
7f, €6,555.00
1 Good Shot Noreen 7/1
2 Lake George 9/1
3 Alpha And Omega 8/1
NR: Balmont Flyer (IRE), Rose Garnet (IRE), Thistle Thunder (IRE)
15 ran Distances: 1½l, 1¾l, 1¾l
TIME 1m 31.00s (slow by 4.00s)
Jockey: W M Lordan
Trainer: T Stack
WIN £6.70 PL £2.00, £2.90, £2.70
Ex £79.20
CSF £70.91
TRICAST £535.24

7:45 – Handicap
1m4f, €8,970.00
1 Lovers Peace 11/2
2 Gentleman Duke 10/1
3 Regal Tramp 14/1
9 ran Distances: 1¼l, 2l, nk
TIME 2m 44.59s (slow by 10.09s)
Jockey: D M Grant
Trainer: Edmond Kent
WIN £6.30 PL £1.80, £2.40, £3.40
Ex £76.50
CSF £61.85
TRICAST £744.39


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