Saturday 14 December 2019

Shortall shines as Road To Riches steps up to Plate

Jockey Shane Shortall holds up his reward with his father Sean after taking Road To Riches to victory in the thetote.com Galway Plate. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Jockey Shane Shortall holds up his reward with his father Sean after taking Road To Riches to victory in the thetote.com Galway Plate. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Shane Shortall drives Road To Riches to victory in the Galway Plate. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Richard Forristal

Noel Meade's Road To Riches turned the Tote Galway Plate into a veritable procession to cap a memorable double on yesterday's card for 7lb claimer Shane Shortall.

In making most of the running en route to an emphatic 11-length success, 22-year-old Shortall was partnering just the 16th winner of his career, having ridden the 15th little more than an hour earlier on Tony Martin's Greatness. While Greatness was a popular 4/1 market leader, Road To Riches returned a 14/1 SP, which meant that Davy Condon's followers enjoyed a generous payout after the Irish Independent columnist tipped him in yesterday's paper.

Ballybrit legend Dermot Weld also departed with a brace courtesy of the odds-on duo Whitey O'Gwaun and Brooch, while local handler Iggy Madden claimed a bit of glory by landing a gamble with Cairdiuil (25/1 into 9/1), one of three winners advised by our correspondent Richard Forristal.

The attendance of 18,766 was comfortably up on last year's rain-drenched tally of 14,038. The bookmakers' take was likewise up from €1m to €1.5m, while the Tote turnover came in at €831k, compared to €676k 12 months ago.

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