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Dermot Weld top trainer for 29th time in 30 years

Dermot Weld was the Galway Festival’s top trainer for the 29th time in the last 30 years. He had five winners, while Willie Mullins trained eight winners and Tony Martin saddled six.

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Mallow Tips: Roconga will take plenty of beating

Two good meetings this afternoon, and the best bet comes in the shape of Roconga, who will take beating in the Mallow Hospital Maiden Hurdle.

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Horses for courses as Baraweez strikes again

Baraweez landed the Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Ahonoora” Handicap for the second successive year as British raiders dominated the feature event on the final day of the Galway Festival yesterday.

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Amazing Maria summer of success continues

Amazing Maria continued her resurgent summer with victory in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville.

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Will Diamondsandrubies shine brightest at Goodwood ?

Connections of Diamondsandrubies are expecting a stern examination of their filly as she lines up in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood today.

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Tony Martin records 144-1 treble

Fresh from his Galway Hurdle exploits, trainer Tony Martin dominated day five at the Galway Festival, recording a near 144-1 treble with Vive La France, Tudor City and Dark Crusader.

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Tudor City the sole favourite to oblige

Surprisingly, the only winning favourite on day five of the Galway Festival came in the ultra-competitive Arthur Guinness Handicap, but it was no shock to punters who backed the Tony Martin-trained Tudor City down from a high of 7-1, to a starting price of 5-2. There were a couple of anxious seconds before he prevailed in the cool hands of Fran Berry.

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Richard Hughes times his departure to perfection

It’s always been a question of timing with Richard Hughes.

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Classy Final Figaro can make it third time lucky at Galway

Final Figaro, who contests the bumper, looks the best bet on today’s card at Galway.

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Turner keeps focus on the big picture

Ireland eventing manager Nick Turner believes “there’s a lot to look forward to”, as he announced his squad for September’s European Championships at Blair Castle, Scotland.

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Big Orange tees up Melbourne trip

Big Orange teed himself up for a crack at the Melbourne Cup as he continued his improvement with a gutsy win in a three-way finish to a thrilling Qatar Goodwood Cup yesterday.

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Palmetto Dunes and Good Tradition can deliver

Taking the well-trodden path of supporting Dermot Weld should prove fruitful once more, as the leading trainer holds very strong claims with Palmetto Dunes and Good Tradition on this evening’s card at Galway.

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Galway Races: A day when favourites found one too good

With Willie Mullins having farmed the first race on the three previous days of the Festival, it was no surprise to see his As De Ferbet sent off favourite for yesterday’s opener at Ballybrit.

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Flyer ends Mullins’ perfect sequence

The Colin Bowe-trained Shantou Flyer denied Willie Mullins a four-timer of opening-race successes when landing some nice wagers in the opening Guinness Dublin Porter Beginners’ Chase at Galway yesterday.

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Quick Jack and Denis O'Regan, left, head for home after safely jumping the last flight in yesterday's Galway Hurdle.  Picture: Healy Racing

Martin works Hurdle oracle again

Tony Martin’s ability to effectively target a feature handicap scaled new heights yesterday afternoon as the Meath trainer again landed Ireland’s richest National Hunt race, the Guinness Galway Hurdle, with Quick Jack, and would almost certainly have had three of the first four home had last year’s winner, Thomas Edison, not taken a tumble at the final flight.

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Turn delivers as Jonathan Burke emulates father

Jockey Jonathan Burke emulated his father, and trainer Henry de Bromhead avenged his father’s narrow defeat when they combined to land yesterday’s Thetote.com Galway Plate with Shanahan’s Turn.

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Old reliables do bit to keep punters competitive with bookies

Old reliables Willie Mullins and Dermot Weld provided punters with the only winning favourites on day three of the Galway Festival and the afternoon had begun just the way the two previous evenings had — Mullins getting off the mark with a winning hurdler.

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There will never be another like Peter O’Sullevan

Broadcasting legend Peter O’Sullevan, who has died at the age of 97, was the man who provided the soundtrack to racing’s unfolding drama for nigh on 50 years.

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Super Solow takes unbeaten run to eight

Freddy Head has been lucky enough to have trained some of the best milers of recent years and Solow is rapidly heading towards the top of the list after taking his unbeaten run to eight in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood yesterday.

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Galway Tips: Quick Jack ticks all the right boxes for Galway Hurdle glory

The Guinness Galway Hurdle is the feature on day four of the Galway Festival and favourite Quick Jack should take a world of beating.

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Now Or Never turns battle into a rout

Now Or Never had young trainer Michael O’Callaghan dreaming big after she ran out a most impressive winner of the Topaz Fillies’ Maiden, last night at Galway.

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Frankie Dettori savours another golden moment

Richard Hughes might be retiring at the end of Glorious Goodwood but that thought could not be further away from Frankie Dettori’s mind as he racked up another Group-race success in the Qatar Vintage Stakes on Galileo Gold.

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Solow at the Queen Anne Stakes Ascot

Freddy Head confident Solow can seal Sussex success

Freddy Head expects the undulations of Goodwood to bring out the best in Solow when he bids to continue his fantastic campaign in today’s Qatar Sussex Stakes.

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Alelchi Inois can step up to the Plate

Full horse boxes have been arriving back at Willie Mullins’ yards in recent days and weeks, and so we’re getting ready for a very busy but equally exciting spell.

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Galway Tips: Stuccodor can get punters off to a flyer

Stuccodor gets the nap selection to get punters off on the right foot by taking the opening maiden hurdle on Galway Plate Day in Ballybrit.

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