KILKENNY BEST DRESSED LADY AT GALWAY RACES
Quick Jack credited Tony Martin with back-to-back victories in Thursday’s Guinness Galway Hurdle in what was a dramatic race. Last year’s winner Thomas Edison (a stable companion of Quick Jack) held every chance when he came down at the last and that left Quick Jack with an unassailable advantage. Max Dynamite and Ted Veale gave chase, but the winner had flown at that stage and Denis O’Regan kept the well backed 9/2 shot up to his work to win by two and a quarter lengths at the finish.
“It’s brilliant. He had his ground for the first time in a long time today and Denis gave him a great ride. I’m delighted for John Breslin (owner, who also owns Ted Veale). He is a great man to train for and he lets me get on with things and it’s just brilliant to win this race two years on the bounce” said a delighted winning trainer.
Jessica Harrington has enjoyed a terrific week and she saddled a double courtesy of Princess Aloof and Sandymount Duke. The former won her third handicap of the season, when she beat Shalamzar in The Hop House 13 Handicap under jockey Shane Foley.
“She is very tough and she loved that hill. The handicapper will eventually catch up with her, but we’ll look for a fillies handicap for her now” stated Harrington.
Sandymount Duke made all to win his fourth race on the bounce when he beat Credo Star in The Guinness Novice Hurdle under Robbie Power.
Davy Russell and Colin Bowe bagged the opening Guinness Dublin Porter Beginners Chase with Shantou Flyer, while Henry de Bromhead maintained his fine run of form after Sizing Platinum gave an exhibition of jumping under Johnny Burke to win the Guinness Harp Novice Chase over the favourite, Rock The World.
It was a third winner of the week for de Bromhead who said “Johnny gave him a great ride and he’ll have no trouble dropping back to two miles”
Laviniad overcame some trouble in running to capture The Arthur Guinness EBF Corrib Fillies Stakes. The winner was partnered by Declan McDonogh and is trained by Willie Mullins and this was a second success in this race for her owner/breeder Ballylinch Stud.
“It is fantastic to win a listed race with her and she has option of going to Cork again next week for The Platinum Stakes” reported Mullins, who brought his tally for the week to five after the favourite Prince D’Aubrelle under his son Patrick, ran out a comfortable winner of the finale. Bog War was another well-backed winner of the 1m4f Guinness 50th Anniversary Handicap for Leigh Roche and Liam Cusack.
The attendance on Guinness Galway Hurdle Day was 35,214, (34,077 in 2014). Among the large attendance were TV presenters Maura Derrane, Daithí O’Sé and Glenda Gilson and model Roz Purcell
The Tote betting aggregate on Wednesday was €1,137,337 (€996,844 in 2014) while the bookmakers turnover was €1,920,224 (€1,881,848 in 2014).
Meanwhile, Cork native, Alex Butler fromBallyedmond, Midleton, Co .Cork has scooped the coveted title of Kilkenny Best DressedLadyat the 2015 Galway Races Ladies Day, this year sponsored by the Kilkenny Group.
Ms. Butler left the Ballybrit racecourse with a spectacular prize worth over €10,000, which includes a shopping spree at Kilkenny, a luxury 5* break courtesy of Ireland’s Bluebook, clothing by Irish designer Aideen Bodkin, a bespoke Waterford Crystal trophy, jewellery by Irish designer Maureen Lynch, a year’s haircare from Peter Mark and a luxury Lancôme cosmetics hamper. Ms. Butlers winning style featured a stunning one shoulder midi length red dress by Teria Yabar and headpiece by acclaimed Leitrim milliner Jennifer Wrynne. She accessorized her outfit with nude Louboutins which were a present from her boyfriend and a pearl clutch.
Wearing a two piece bespoke outfit from up and coming Irish designer Laura Jayne Halton, milliner Mary White from Claremorris, Co. Mayo, won the prize for Kilkenny Best Irish Design. She complemented her 1950’s inspired outfit with a grey percher pillbox hat with Russian veiling and ostrich feathers, which she designed herself. She receives a prize worth €4000, including a luxury 5* break courtesy of Ireland’s Bluebook, clothing by Irish designer Aideen Bodkin, jewellery by Irish designer Maureen Lynch and haircare from Peter Mark.
Yorkshire native Danielle Gingell who is now living in Claremorris, Co. Mayo was awarded the title of Kilkenny Best Hat in a fabulous veiled floral cream creation with tulle netting by American Milliner Arturo Rios creation. Her prize worth €2500 includes a 5* luxury break courtesy of Ireland’s Blue book, jewellery by Irish designer Maureen Lynch and hair care from Peter Mark.