Maguire in dreamland at Galway
Last Updated: 30/07/14 7:56pm
Whitey O' Gwaun, ridden by Finian Maguire, wins in good style
A review of the rest of Wednesday's action from the Galway Festival as Finian Maguire claimed a memorable win on Whitey O' Gwaun.
Finian Maguire, 16-year-old son of trainer and former jump jockey Adrian Maguire, enjoyed a facile success on Whitey O' Gwaun in the Grab A Grand With Tote (Q.R.) Maiden.
Trained by Galway's top trainer Dermot Weld, Whitey O' Gwaun cruised into the lead before the home turn and pulled clear into a matter of strides as the 9/10 shot romped in by 14 lengths.
The pace-setting Little King Robin stuck on well to cling on to second place.
Maguire said: "Unbelievable. It's the stuff of dreams riding for Dermot Weld in Galway.
"It was very straight forward. He travelled very well and coming up the hill they were all hard at work and I was still on the bridle. You can't ask for more than that, he did it very easily."
Weld said: "He did it well. He got a nice ride by Finian. He's only 16 but I thought he rode him extremely well.
"It probably wasn't the greatest of races, but all he could do was win.
"His father Adrian rode me a Galway Plate winner on General Idea in 1993, so it was very fitting that his very promising son Finian should ride a winner here for me."
There was a nasty incident earlier in the race when Sarah Lynam was unshipped from Break My Mind, trained by her father Edward.
The 7lb claiming rider was reported to be conscious and taken to hospital for lower back X-rays.
Most Peculiar held off the late challenge of Draco to claim the 100,000 Euros Tote Pick6 Guarantee Maiden Hurdle, the opening event on day three of the Festival.
Trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend, 11/2 shot Most Peculiar was at the head of the field turning for home and he jumped the last with a narrow advantage over the Tony McCoy-ridden Draco.
While the runner up tried his best to catch Most Peculiar, the winner still held a three-quarter-length advantage at the line with favourite Tandem only third.
Mullins and Townend were notching their second winner of the week having scored with McKinley on Monday.
Townend said: "He was tough and brave. He learned a lot from the first day (when runner-up to King Leon at Ballinrobe) and after jumping a bit big over the first couple here, he warmed to it well."
Cacheofgold found plenty after the last to win the Download The Tote Mobile App EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle.
Trained by Liz Doyle, Cacheofgold (12/1) was trailing Supreme Vic approaching the final flight in the two-mile heat, but she found plenty for pressure after the last. Cacheofgold eventually pulled one and three-quarter lengths clear with Lilly The Lioness grabbing minor honours in third.
Doyle said: "She ran well in Wexford but she was a little 'short' as she'd had a growth removed from the back of her larynx.
"I felt the track here would suit as she's a grand, hardy mare.
"I took a bit of punt running her back quickly but I felt she had an each-way chance. She got a beautiful, beautiful ride."
Shane Shortall got a terrific late run out of Greatness to deny McCoy on Golden Ticket in the 40,0000 Euros Tote Jackpot Guarantee Handicap Hurdle.
Golden Ticket seemed certain to strike when he still held a handy lead over the final flight, but Greatness found plenty on the run up to the line to claim Christy Roche's charge.
It looked like Greatness's chance had gone when he made a bad mistake at the second last and he dropped back to about eighth place, but 7lb-claimer Shortall never gave up.
A better jump at the last gave him half a chance and he galvanised the Tony Martin-trained 4/1 favourite to get up in the dying strides and land the spoils by half a length. Magical Moon was third and Diamond's Return fourth.
"He missed the second last with me. I was very lucky, a lot of horses would have come down, but I gave him chance to gather himself. When I gave him a couple of cracks, he took off and powered all the way up the hill," Shortall told At The Races.
"I had AP (McCoy) in my sights and was thinking it's going to be hard to get by that man, but in fairness to the horse, he pulled out all the stops for me and he got there well in the end.
"He made just the one mistake and jumped the others brilliantly. When I did go for him he picked up very well.
"The boss (Tony Martin) said this trip should be ideal for him and he was right."
Weld's Brooch (4/9 favourite) then made short work of her rivals in the Tote Return All Profits To Irish Racing Maiden, breezing home by nine and a half lengths in the hands of Pat Smullen.
The winning trainer said: "She's a lovely filly, a big, raw, green filly who's been a slow learner, but patience pays dividends.
"I think she will be a mile-and-a-quarter filly in time. She won't do a lot of racing this year, but hopefully we can get a bit of black type for her. I think she will make up into a Stakes filly."
Cairdiuil (9/1) made it two wins and three placings from six efforts at Galway when landing a punt in the Tote Trifecta Rollover Handicap under Wayne Lordan.
Winning trainer Iggy Madden said: "I love to win races here, Ballinrobe or at Sligo.
"He's entered again on Sunday but he probably had a hard enough race there. We'll just have to see how he comes out of this."
Sophie's World (14/1) was on the mark for trainer Kevin O'Donnell and jockey Sean Corby in the Bet Online At thetote.com Handicap.Maguire said: "Unbelievable. It's the stuff of dreams riding for Dermot Weld in Galway."It was very straight forward. He travelled very well and coming up the hill they were all hard at work and I was still on the bridle. You can't ask for more than that, he did it very easily."Weld said: "He did it well. He got a nice ride by Finian. He's only 16 but I thought he rode him extremely well."It probably wasn't the greatest of races, but all he could do was win."His father Adrian rode me a Galway Plate winner on General Idea in 1993, so it was very fitting that his very promising son Finian should ride a winner here for me."reopens There was a nasty incident earlier in the race when Sarah Lynam was unshipped from Break My Mind, trained by her father Edward.The 7lb claiming rider was reported to be conscious and taken to hospital for lower back X-rays.