It’s a week that feels like a year but the ome stretch is in sight after we got over the hump of Ladies Day.

The mind is willing but the body is wilting after a long week of punting and partying.

One of the craziest stories of the week involved a punter who decided to spend €2,000 in the Front Door pub on two glasses of Midleton rare whiskey. It’s certainly well for some.

Friday is a day for the Galwegians to come out for a day in Ballybrit. After a long week of work, oblivious to the daily carnage in the city, the locals can come out and enjoy a few guilt-free pints before the bank holiday.

Honorary Galway man and Connacht coach Pat Lam was in Ballybrit with some of the victorious Pro12 team that won the city’s hearts this year.

He said the team have been training hard for the last month and we’re delighted to have a team outing.

SarahGaughran, Athenry, gets a selfie with Connacht rugby star Bundee Ak
Sarah Gaughran, Athenry, gets a selfie with Connacht rugby star Bundee Ak

“I throw a bet on but I have no idea what I am doing,” he said. “I normally get hold of John Muldoon. I follow him, whatever he is betting I will back.

“The whole team is here which is great. It was the first week that we had all of the international boys, the boys who went away. It’s the first time we had the whole squad in. It’s a good way to sign off the first stage of pre-season and welcome back the boys.”

He also has some family over for a few days and is going to leave the wilds of Connacht to show them a bit of Munster.

“My in-laws are over from Samoa, first time to Ireland,” he said. “So we’ll be taking them down and showing them around. I’ve been wanting to have a look down in Kerry and Killarney and Dingle so I’m going to go down and have a look around that area. It’s a great atmosphere; I guess it’s the way the west of Ireland do things.”

Corkwomen Jessica Long, Clodagh McGrath, Laura O’Donnella, and Aisling O’Boyle
Corkwomen Jessica Long, Clodagh McGrath, Laura O’Donnella, and Aisling O’Boyle

As for the racing, the bookies had a pretty bad day with favourites galore coming home.

Hayley O’Connor from Ladbrokes said that while Friday was bad, overall the week was a draw.

“We arrived on course in front but a Friday filled with winning favourites meant punters made up ground and got most of their cash back,” she said.

“On the week results are neither bad nor brilliant.”

Cousins Aine, Ruth, and Elaine Shanahan with Bridget Maher, all from Toomevara.
Cousins Aine, Ruth, and Elaine Shanahan with Bridget Maher, all from Toomevara.

Féilim Mac An Iomaire from Paddy Power had more of the same following a strong start things evened out as the week wore on.

“We burst out of the blocks on the first day of the festival but we couldn’t hold the pace and the punters almost edged us coming towards the end of the week. A full house of favourites on Friday made it a great day for bettors but we’ve just edged it by a hair as the festival winds down.”

2FM presenter Lottie Ryan
2FM presenter Lottie Ryan

Roll on 2017, when we will do it all again.


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