Peter Farrell

Round two of the ‘Welcome Back To Sport A4/A5 525’ was the highlight on last night’s Galway card and there were a few standout performances of note with Own Spice the pick of those in the final heat of the night. 

Owned by Thomas O’Doherty, Own Spice is a young September 18’ whelp who showed plenty of promise in the opening round of this stake but really put it all together last night with a brilliant, off the pace performance. After having to settle for third for the majority of the race, the John Browne trained dog stepped it up a notch off the penultimate turn to fly up the home straight and claim the win. Over four lengths too good come the line, this son of ‘Coolavanny Spice’ looks to have a big future after clocking a slick 28.83.


Astro Abby was the fastest first round winner and she maintained her good run of form in heat three with another comfortable victory.

A 6/4 favourite in the market, the Stephen Murray trained Astro Abby was quickly into stride from trap three and showed a nice turn of pace into the opening corner. Drawing clear thereafter, the daughter of ‘Storm Control - Cragbrien Shaw’ came home a good five and a half length winner in a fast time of 28.86.


Annaghdown Sky made it three wins on the trot in the opening heat of the night as the Stephen Dillon and Seamus Leahy owned bitch justified her 7/4 favourites tag. Nestling in behind Ougham Tubber for much of the contest, the daughter of ‘Pat C Sabbath - Headford Hoe’ produced a strong finish to claim a neck success and record a time of 29.25.

The remaining heat of the night was claimed in nice style by the Donal Cooney owned and trained, Killuran Puma (Skywalker Puma - Trendy Girl). Fast away from trap three, ‘Puma’ outpaced his rivals early on and despite a strong finish from the eye-catching Rising Turbo in second, held on to record a length and a quarter victory. The time was a good 29.20 for the 6/4 jolly.


Elsewhere on the card there was an excellent performance from the Patrick O’Loughlin trained Spin The Coin.

A young December 18’ whelp, Spin The Coin is a strapping brindle who qualified in fine style at Longford track and despite getting chinned on his first career start, he showed he has much more in his locker with a near second improvement. Well away wearing the black jacket, the son of ‘Ballymac Eske - Pats Black Lady’ paced up nicely on the outer to join Maroon Nipper upon entrance to the back straight. From here, Spin The Coin drew clear and set a strong gallop all the way to the winning line. A length and a half better off at the line, the time was a fast 28.93 for the 2/1 chance.