Galway Races: Dermot Weld lands 155/1 treble
Jane Mangan made history at Galway as she partnered Midnight Music to victory for Ballybrit king Dermot Weld in the feature Carlton Hotel Galway City (Q.R.) Handicap.
Mangan became the first lady rider to win the €70,000 event, which is restricted to amateurs, as Weld registered an opening-day hat-trick.
The only surprising aspect was that the Lady O'Reilly-owned four-year-old was sent off at 11/1. A daughter of Dubawi, the four-year-old looked to have plenty to do but passed several horses in the short straight to win going away by two and three-quarter lengths from Cry For The Moon.
"It was a lovely ride, normally Robbie (McNamara) would have ridden her but she is a small filly," Weld said. "Jane is a very talented rider claiming 7lb and I thought it would have been the right move.
"We had a worry whether the filly would stay two miles. I said, 'take your time, you can't wait long enough on this filly.' She took her time, got her balanced and produced her in the last 100 yards.
"Now that we see she can win over this distance it opens lots of options and we may even get her stakes placed over this trip later in the season."
Mangan said: "It was pretty simple because the mare travelled very easily. The only thing I was worried about was the trip, but she was finishing off the best of them.
"It was just a terrific race. When you're coming to Galway riding a Dermot Weld horse you always have to be pretty confident. I knew she'd won three times before over a mile and half so I was pretty confident.
"I'm currently riding out at Ballydoyle so I hope they're watching, we'll be having a bit of banter in the barn in the morning."
Weld, seeking his 26th top trainers' title at Galway, wasted little time in getting off the mark as 9/4 chance Train Of Thought landed the Radissonhotelgalway.com & Galwaybayhotel.com Novice Hurdle under Ruby Walsh.
Weld said: "He jumps well and he got a typical Ruby Walsh ride -- that is why he's a champion jockey by giving rides like that on a horse he'd never seen before.
"He'll come back here for a handicap on Sunday on the Flat providing the ground stays decent."
Thunder Mountain gave Weld an amazing 22nd win in the claregalwayhotel.ie (C&G) European Breeders Fund Maiden.
Having finished only 11th of 12 on his debut, he looked to have it all to do against the odds-on Aidan O'Brien-trained Line Drummer.
However, that one failed to handle the track and Thunder Mountain (3/1), which had been gelded since his debut, sprinted clear turning in under Pat Smullen.
"The favourite ran off the bend and he was in the right place at the right time," Weld said. "When you lose ground on the bend here you don't win."