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Byran Cooper amongst the winners on day 2 at Galway

Jack Kennedy also amongst the winners at Ballybrit

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Flaming Moon and Bryan Cooper wins the 2m listed novice hurdle at the Galway Festival this week Photo by Patrick McCann/Racing Post

Flaming Moon and Bryan Cooper wins the 2m listed novice hurdle at the Galway Festival this week Photo by Patrick McCann/Racing Post

Flaming Moon and Bryan Cooper wins the 2m listed novice hurdle at the Galway Festival this week Photo by Patrick McCann/Racing Post

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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.

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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.


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