August 4, 2014
The feature event on the final day of the Galway festival went to Baraweez who claimed the €100,000 Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Ahonoora’ Handicap for English trainer Brian Ellison.
The North Yorkshire handler was also represented by Pacific Heights who finished third in the race under Chris Hayes.
Baraweez was produced with a strong challenge by Colm O’Donoghue to record a half-length victory at the line.
Another English raider, Jack’s Revenge, came through to take the runner-up spot relegating Pacific Heights to third.
“It was always the plan to run in the two races as along as he acted on the track. We had him out the other day and he dropped the lad – he was bucking and kicking so we knew he was well,” said the winning trainer Brian Ellison.
“We’ve had a great week here and have been looked after very well. It’s a great place and hopefully we’ll have runners here again,” he added.
Winning jockey Colm O’Donoghue said: “I got there too soon but I had to commit and I knew he was going to stay.”
The Tom Mullins-trained Fosters Cross rolled back the years to win again at Galway to win the Lord Hemphill Memorial Handicap Chase.
The 12-year-old was recording his fourth success at Ballybrit and won by half a length in the 2m1f event.
“You can never get him fit enough at home and it always takes a couple of runs to get him right,” explained Mullins.
“I have to take my hat off to Davy Russell. He probably knows the horse even better than I do and I’d have to say that was one of the best rides that one of mine ever got.
“If he doesn’t get off in front, it’s not that he downs tools but he’s not happy. Davy kept him wide and kept him interested.
“There’s no point talking about the future as he’s a 12-year-old. Hopefully that’s not his swansong but if it is it’s a good one.”
Meanwhile, the Family and Mad Hatters day saw a large attendance of 13,788 patrons descend on Ballybrit as opposed to last year’s 13,344.
The overall attendance for the week was 139,037 comparing to last year’s 127,768.
In the Mad Hatters competition, the adult winner was Tara Newell while Holly Lynott won the children’s category.
Paul Townend was the leading jumps rider with five winners while Pat Smullen was the top flat jockey having ridden seven winners. Dermot Weld landed his 28th leading trainer award with nine winners.
Tote Turnover: 510,833(2014) 451,819 (2013)
Bookmakers Turnover: 675,334 (2014) 769,770 (2013)