Shortall shines as Road To Riches steps up to Plate
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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