Baraweez in Galway repeat
Published 02/08/2015 | 19:01
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.
Brian Ellison's charge was the 7-4 favourite to repeat his Ballybrit triumph of 12 months ago, having been placed in the Topaz Mile, also for the second time, on Tuesday.
With Donnacha O'Brien keeping the ride, Baraweez was settled against the rail, before switching wide to mount his challenge rounding the home turn.
The Alistair Whillans-trained Scottish challenger Pintura, another horse with previous form at the track when previously with Kevin Ryan, set sail for home in the straight, but Baraweez reeled him in and got up by a neck.
Ellison said: "It's horses for courses. We've had a hard week with him. He'd a bruised foot and was lame all week but my staff have done a great job and the vet here was also a great help.
"He only came sound this morning and if the race was yesterday he wouldn't have run. The lad cantered him two furlongs this morning and he was fine afterwards.
"This course probably suits him because he travels well, although the ground was a bit soft for him today. He was very game, and the kid gave him a great ride.
"He'll come back for the race he won at Leopardstown in September, and back here again next year hopefully.
"We love coming here as they do a great job and everyone is so friendly."