Galway results 2011 day 1
Colin Motherway's front-running ride aboard Fosters Cross paid dividends as the Thomas Mullins-trained nine-year-old sauntered to glory in the Galway City Handicap. Motherway sent the 10/1 shot to the front early on and no challengers got near to him as he won by four lengths.
After two disappointing runners in the opening two races Dermot Weld finally got off the mark in the Claregalwayhotel.ie Maiden as Riviera Poet stormed past the well-backed Learn to bag race three on the opening day of the Galway Festival
The Noel Meade-trained Virgil Earp made all in the opening contest of the Galway Festival the Hotel Meyrick Novice Hurdle as Weld's Sulwaan could only finish third.
Weld had another disappointment in the second race of the day, the salthill.com Handicap Hurdle, which saw 12/1 shot Carlingford Lough take the honours for trainer John Kiely.
Race five saw yet another decent priced winner as Tommy Stack's Good Shot Noreen won the Claytonhotelgalway.ie Handicap at odds of 7/1, whilst a power-packed ride from Danny Grant helped the Edmond Kent-trained Lovers Peace bag the Galway Bay Hotel Handicap at 11/2.
The final race saw an overdue favourite prevail as Kiely notched a double with Saint Gervais, who stormed to success in the Irelandhotels.com National Hunt Flat Race.
17:05 HotelMeyrick & the ghotel.ie Novice Hurdle (2m) 1.Virgil Earp - P Carberry - N Meade - 9/1 2.Devil's Elbow - M Walsh - T Walsh - 7/1 3.Sulwaan - P Townend - D Weld - 13/8 Fav 9 ran
17:35 salthill.com Handicap Hurdle (2m) 1.Carlingford Lough - M Walsh - J Kiely - 12/1 2.Tajweed - M Bolger - L Comer - 14/1 3.First Trim - D Russell - S Fahey - 14/1 15 ran
18:10 Claregalwayhotel.ie EBF Maiden (7f) 1.Riviera Poet - P Smullen - D Weld - 2/1 2.Learn - C O'Donoghue - A O'Brien - 4/6 Fav 3.Shukhov - K Latham - G Lyons - 25/1 10 ran
18:45 carlton.ie Galway City Handicap (2m) 1.Fosters Cross - C Motherway - T Mullins - 10/1 2.Cry For The Moon - J Carroll - J Culloty - 12/1 3.Table Mountain - B O'Neill - R Hennessy - 20/1 4.Eagle's Pass - J Ryan - T O'Mara - 16/1 5.Bremen - A Duff - P Flynn - 33/1 19 ran
19:15 Claytonhotelgalway.ie Handicap (7f) 1.Good Shot Noreen - W Lordan - T Stack - 7/1 2.Lake George - R Cleary - J Barrett - 9/1 3.Alpha and Omega - D Grant - P Flynn - 8/1 15 ran
19:45 galwaybayhotel.com Handicap (1m 4f) 1.Lovers Peace - D Grant - E Kent - 11/2 2.Gentleman Duke - R Whelan - A Moore - 10/1 3.Regal Tramp - S James - V Ward - 14/1 9 ran
20:15 irelandhotels.com NH Flat Race (2m) 1.Saint Gervais - D O'Connor - J Kiely - 4/1 Fav 2.Maller Tree - K Harrington - J Harrington - 9/2 3.Gray Hession - B Hayes - J Hanlon - 7/1 15 ran