Sunday 18 March 2018

Ellison keeps options open

Trainer Brian Ellison. Photo: PA Wire
Trainer Brian Ellison. Photo: PA Wire Newsdesk Newsdesk

Brian Ellison is mob-handed in his quest to win the 'Ahonoora' Handicap at Galway for a fourth successive year this afternoon.

Baraweez claimed back-to-back renewals of the prestigious prize in 2014-15 and was fifth last year behind stablemate Dream Walker.

Both horses are in the field once more and will be joined by stablemate Stipulate, while Be Kool is second reserve.

Dream Walker, Baraweez and Stipulate finished third, sixth and 11th respectively in the BMW Mile on Tuesday.

Be Kool was sixth in an extended one-mile handicap on Thursday.

"All of them have come out of their races well," said Ellison.

"Dream Walker ran a blinder the other day and Baraweez wasn't far behind him.

"Coming back from a mile to seven furlongs will probably suit Baraweez that bit better round here and of the two he's got the better draw, so he might be the one.

"Stipulate missed the break and then got stopped in his run, but that happens around here. You need plenty of luck in running.

"Be Kool ran a good race on Thursday and coming back to seven furlongs won't be a problem for him, if he gets in."

BMW Mile winner Riven Light turns out under a 7lb penalty for Willie Mullins and Declan McDonogh.

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