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Memorable day out for McManus



5.10 OrGiLgo Bay

6.15 Your Busy

6.50 Strandfield Lady


3.10 Caim Hill


6.00 Morning Run

Yesterday's Guinness Galway Hurdle was a great race and I was delighted for JP McManus winning the event for the first time as this was undoubtedly a race he always wanted to win.

Thomas Edison was sent off favourite and AP (McCoy) got a lovely run and he's just a good horse who has obviously had his problems as first time out he beat multiple Grade One winner Champagne Fever in a bumper.

Champagne Fever went on to win twice at Cheltenham and is a very good horse and Thomas Edison has repaid the patience of connections who kept the faith with him over the last couple of years.

It's not too often everything goes to plan in a race like the Galway Hurdle but it did yesterday for Thomas Edison and he pulled it off.

The five-year-old Bayan ran a blinder back in second and that is now the fifth consecutive year that Gordon Elliott has had a horse placed in the race and Bayan has been a brilliant servant.

There was no excuses in the race though and there's no doubt the best horse won on the day and if he stays right now he'll be a horse we hear plenty more about in the future.

I was looking forward to riding Rosetub in the last race but unfortunately that horse was withdrawn earlier in the day so we'll have to go again some other day with him.

There was plenty of style on show yesterday at the races and again I can't finish up the week without saying what a great job Galway and the team there have done with the crowd up well over 6,000 on the same day last year and thankfully the rain stayed off, so everyone was happy.

Looking ahead to the weekend and tomorrow we have a big competitive handicap hurdle worth a nice few quid and after winning with Desertmore Stream yesterday I'd say Philip Fenton could have another winner in Caim Hill.

This horse has been running really well of late and is a model of consistency so I'll go for him to just deny John McConnell's Lindenhurst in the process.

I'd say Willie's horse Morning Run who runs in Sunday's winners bumper is a good animal and is worth keeping an eye on also. He was impressive at Down Royal last time.