Monday 24 October 2016

Geraghty guides Wellforth home

Thomas Kelly

Published 04/08/2012 | 05:00

PAUL GILLIGAN was left dreaming of even bigger things after Wellforth showed guts in abundance in claiming the Guinness Galway Blazers Handicap at Ballybrit yesterday.

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Fourth here on Tuesday, the nine-year-old was given a fine ride by Barry Geraghty, joining issue with the long-time prominent Noble Commander heading out on to the second circuit.

Geraghty's mount, a winner at Uttoxeter in June, landed narrowly in front after jumping the sixth-last and was nimble at the final two obstacles before striking for home.

The pack tried to close but the 5/1 second-favourite found plenty to hold off Agus A Vic by four-and-a-quarter lengths, with Prince Of Leisure third.

Inis Meain turned the Guinness Handicap into a procession for trainer Denis Hogan and jockey Chris Hayes. Sent off at 5/1 for the €60,000 event having been second in the 5.30 race on Thursday, the five-year-old was soon in the lead and really picked up when asked rounding the final bend.

John Monroe was another local trainer on the mark and it was a landmark first in the Guinness (Q.R) Handicap with 11/1 chance Muzak, which will be out again tomorrow.

Dermot Weld had a double to take his tally of winners for the week to eight.

Muaanid made a winning debut in the two-year-old 7f Median Auction Maiden. The 4/1 chance, a son of Kheleyf, hit the front early in the straight and was never really threatened by King Of The Romans, having a length and a quarter in hand at the line.

Weld, who saw his horses finish second in two other races, said: "It was a good performance. He had the race won from a long way out. He's green and a bit nervous. He'll come on from the race and learn a lot from it. He's a colt I like."

The ace trainer believes that Pale Mimosa also has a bright future after she got off the mark with a 15-length success in the mile-and-a-half Guinness Maiden.

The 4/6 favourite justified her price in style and she disposed of her field with the utmost of ease. "She's a lovely mare. I've been waiting all year for a nice bit of ground with her," added Weld.

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