Saturday 17 March 2018

Whiskey and doubles all round in Ballybrit


Declan McDonogh. Photo: Sportsfile
Declan McDonogh. Photo: Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Whiskey Sour completed a big-race double last night, as did Declan McDonogh, in a cracking renewal of the feature before another huge Galway crowd

Holiday fever prevailed in the Ballybrit sunshine and so did the 7/4 favourite, though his backers were somewhat concerned in "the dip" given the amount of ground he had to make up on Mawaany, which kicked for home.

However, having won over two miles in Monday's pivot race, and dropping back in trip here, Whiskey Sour found the stamina to prevail under McDonogh (above), who teamed up with Mullins to take Tuesday's showpiece event on Riven Light.

Meanwhile, Barry Geraghty drove Henry de Bromhead's Riviera Sun to a gutsy success in the historic Galway Blazers, denying Phil's Magic in the closing stages. Geraghty was still on a high after Tigris River's Galway Hurdle triumph on Thursday both winners running in the colours of JP McManus.

"It's great after being on the sidelines so long and my fitness has improved as the week went on. I couldn't ask for more," Barry Geraghty told the Irish Independent.

"There was no internal pressure, other than the pressure you put on yourself. I'm looking forward to riding the likes of Big Ben and King Leon this weekend."

Pat Smullen - so long the main Galway rider - got on the Ballybrit 2017 scoresheet for the first time when helping Willie Mullins to a day-five double.

Their representative, Renneti, could hardly have been any more impressive in the concluding Budweiser Race.

Riven Light, meanwhile, also bids to secure two Galway wins when he lines out in tomorrow's main event, with Mullins set to be crowned champion trainer for the second year running.

Irish Independent

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