Sport Galway Races

Saturday 25 November 2017

Ellison vows to return as Baraweez hits Galway high

Ted Veale and Barry Geraghty get the better of Clonbanan Lad at Galway. Photo: PA Wire
Ted Veale and Barry Geraghty get the better of Clonbanan Lad at Galway. Photo: PA Wire

Brian Ellison says he'll return to Galway after Baraweez took the €100,000 EBF Ahonoora Handicap, with stablemate Pacific Heights back in third.

The closing day's showpiece proved a clean sweep for the raiders as George Baker's Jack's Revenge split the Ellison duo.

Baraweez had been disqualified from a decent race at Newcastle before his Galway exertions, but the connections of the former Freddy Head-trained gelding will not be worried about that now. He defied a wide draw for Colm O'Donoghue and the 4/1 joint-favourite won by half a length.

Ellison said: "It was always the plan to run in the two races as along as he acted on the track. It's a great place and hopefully we'll have runners here again."

Tony Martin ended the week with six winners. First the classy Ted Veale (6/5 favourite) finally opened his account over fences in the beginners chase.

Barry Geraghty was hard at work in the straight as Clonbanan Lad proved tough to catch but he eventually prevailed by a length and a quarter.

Later in the Trappers Inn Handicap, Fran Berry guided Martin's Pyromaniac (5/2 favourite) to victory.

"He's had a run over hurdles and he'll probably mix it between the two," said Martin.

Robbie Power rode his third winner of the Festival when Blossom Gate ran out a ready victor in the Vision Express Handicap Hurdle.

Ballybrit regular Foster Cross, making his 13th appearance, was a popular winner of the Lord Hemphill Memorial Handicap Chase. The veteran had run respectably for Tom Mullins on the Flat earlier in the week but it appeared that the 12-year-old's best days were behind him.

Davy Russell poached an advantage coming into the straight and while Martin and Shane Shortall have enjoyed a great week, this time they had to settle for second with Pires, beaten half a length.

Dermot Weld ended the Festival in familiar style with his ninth winner of the week when his Windsor Park won the closing bumper, with Robbie McNamara not having to move a muscle on the 2/9 favourite.

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