There was just the one Galway race meeting this weekend and last night saw a twelve race card come to a head, headlined by the Martin Fahy trained Fast Fit Limit.
After a luckless outing last time out at Shelbourne Park, Fast Fit Limit returned to Galway seeking back to back wins at the Connacht venue. An even break saw Tradesman show the better of the early gears to lead around the opening bend but followed closely in second by Fast Fit Limit, the race very much all to play for entering the back straight. Not a lot to separate the duo in front, the final hundreds yards was to prove decisive and Fast Fit Limit pounced late on to storm across the line, three parts of a length clear. Owned by John Quinn, the time was a slick, calculated 28.75.
ANNIE NEXT BEST
Next best on the clock came in the final race of the night as Croaghill Annie (Laughil Blake - Croaghill Girl) came from off the pace to claim victory.
Owned by Patrick McDonagh and trained by John McDonagh, the lead changed hands on a few occasions in this contest but after showing fine pace down the back straight, Croaghill Annie hit the front late on to claim a half length victory. The time was a decent 29.12.
The evergreen Tiger Roll landed his fifteenth career victory last night for Michael Connor and Rhys Higgins as he took an A3 event. Fast away from trap one, the determined son of Laughil Blake - Goodnight Kate proved, as usual, a tough nut to crack as he barged his way to the front and he had a length and a half in hand at the winning line. The time for the veteran tracker was 29.15.
WOOD BELL ONE TO WATCH
There was an impressive performance from the Carl Maguire owned Wood Bell in race seven as the young July 19’ whelp ran out a comfortable winner.
Swiftly into stride wearing the striped jacket, Wood Bell powered to the front early on and put this contest to bed with relative ease. Opening up a tidy advantage down the back, the son of Newhall Missile - Cragbrien Shaw galloped to a virtual solo throughout as he stormed over the line six lengths clear. The time was 29.25. This is one of the first litters out of Newhall Missile and the signs are promising based on this fellows display.
Elsewhere on the card there was a ‘Glasheen’ double as Glasheen Covid and Glasheen Sydney both notched wins.
First up was the Brendan Browne owned Glasheen Covid in race two, which was a sprint contest. Another young June 19’ whelp, the trap four runner was quickly into stride and proceeded to lead into the opening corner. Holding a slim advantage thereafter, the daughter of Laughil Blake - Rathmeehan Holly saw off Both Barrels by half a length, in a time of 19.37.
Next up was John Browne’s Glasheen Sydney (Droopys Sydney - Rathmeehan May) in race four, a 525 contest. Nestling in behind during the early stages, the black jacket of ‘Sydney’ produced a strong running display from halfway to stay on strong and claim a two and quarter length victory. The time was a good 29.38.