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Sunday 18 March 2018

'Dream' result for Ellison as he completes one-two-three

Tithonus led the field into the home straight, but he was soon swamped. Stock photo: Getty Images
Tithonus led the field into the home straight, but he was soon swamped. Stock photo: Getty Images

Thomas Kelly

Last year's winner Dream Walker saw off stable companion Baraweez to provide trainer Brian Ellison with a fourth successive victory in the 'Ahonoora' Handicap on the final day of the Galway Festival.

Baraweez claimed back-to-back renewals of the €100,000 prize in 2014 and 2015 and was fifth behind Dream Walker 12 months ago.

Both horses came into the seven-furlong contest in good form once again, with Dream Walker finishing third and Baraweez sixth in last Tuesday's BMW Mile.

Tithonus, winner of both the Rockingham Handicap and the Scurry Handicap at the Curragh last month, led the field into the home straight, but he was soon swamped.

Ellison's Be Kool hit the front in the final furlong, but he was claimed by his two stablemates in the dying strides and it was 7/1 shot Dream Walker who claimed top honours under a jubilant Chris Hayes.

Baraweez was just half a length away in second, with Be Kool rounding off a remarkable one-two-three for the North Yorkshire-based trainer.

Canary Row was best of the Irish in fourth, just ahead of the BMW Mile winner and 9/4 favourite Riven Light, who encountered traffic problems during his bid to complete the big-race double.

Ellison said: "Dream Walker just seems to come alive here. To come from last like he did is unreal."

Arbre De Vie reversed Galway Plate form with stablemate Shaneshill to land the At The Races Chase.

Shaneshill had filled the runner-up spot in Wednesday's feature event, with Arbre De Vie back in sixth place.

With Ruby Walsh unsurprisingly having stuck with Shaneshill, he was the 4/9 favourite to go one better, with Arbre De Vie 9/4 in the hands of Paul Townend.

Shaneshill cut out much of the running until making a bad blunder five fences from the finish, with Walsh doing miraculously well to keep the partnership intact.

The market leader managed to get back on an even keel, but Arbre De Vie was travelling much the better rounding the home turn and was pushed out hands and heels by Townend to prevail by six lengths.

Mullins said: "That's a nice race for Arbre De Vie to open his account over fences. He will probably go down the novice route and I'd imagine that Shaneshill will go for the Kerry National."

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