Jack Kennedy also amongst the winners at Ballybrit
Bryan Cooper was among the winners on the second day of the Galway festival when landing the opening Listed novice hurdle on the Matthew Smith-trained Flaming Moon.
Owned by Debbie Kelly and Gordon Cranston, the 11/1 chance was ridden positively by the famed Tralee jockey who had the five-year-old at the head of affairs before halfway.
In gritty fashion, the partnership held off all challengers from the second last hurdle to beat Gordon Elliott’s Amir Kabir by half-a-length.
Jack Kennedy left it late, but he managed a Galway festival winner as Vado Forte took the two-mile two-furlong handicap chase at odds of 16/1 on the final day on Sunday.
The nine-year-old, trained by Gordon Elliott for the Call It What You Like Syndicate, led over the second last fence and battled well to see off the Ross O'Sullivan-trained Benefit Run by half-a-length.