A double for the kennels of Michael Rafferty was the highlight on last night’s Galway card and this included the final of ‘The Rafferty Family A2/A3 550’ where Moanduff Daisey landed the spoils.
With a first prize of €900, an open race on the betting front saw Moanduff Daisy head to traps the 6/4 favourite to take home gold. A winner of two of her three starts prior, including a semi final victory, ‘Daisy’ was quickly into stride from trap 5 and she galloped close to the early leader, Curious Sean for the first part of the race. The latter held a length advantage down the back straight as he looked to reverse the form of last week and hold off the fast finishing ‘Daisy’. However, it was to be a similar tale to last week as the Moanduff Daisy, a daughter of ‘Laughil Duke - Miss July’ pounced with 25 yards to go and collar the longtime leader on the line. The distance was a length come the winning line and the time was a decent 30.50.
That feature event win sealed a double on the night for the Rafferty kennel as earlier, Count Ysios sealed a fourth career victory over the 350 yard distance.
A coursing bred daughter of ‘Blades of Hope - Leigh Snowie, Count Ysios was only moderately away from traps but showed that trademark coursing early pace to breeze to the front approaching the opening turn. Once n front it was lights out for the chasing pack as the well made 66 pounder crossed the line four lengths clear in a time of 19.30. The winner returned a 9/4 chance.
Elsewhere on the card, the fastest run over the standard distance came in the final race of the night which was the ‘Hit or Bust A4 525’ and it was Go Again who landed the spoils.
Owned by the All-in-One syndicate, Go Again is now classed as a veteran as a September 15’ whelp but she clearly maintains plenty of foot as her performance last night proved. Of course, Go Again is a sister to the great Rosbirr Ranger and she showed her own sizzling early pace to lead into the opening corner. The daughter of ‘Wrathchild’ quickly developed a healthy lead down the back straight and the chasing pack were never able to get back on terms as she crossed the line over two lengths to the good. The time was 29.17 and Go Again returned the 2/1 favourite.