Brother Joe bounced back from disappointment in his last run to claim an impressive win in Galway.

A superb performance by Brother Joe in the A7 graded seventh contest at Galway Track saw the Pat Crowe of Ennistymon owned dog rout his rivals over 525 yards by upwards of five and a half lengths in 29.05.

Very smartly into his stride the Donal Duggan of Tulla trained son of Droopys Sydney & Sarista quickly went through the gears racing towards the opening bend rounding which he led by there lengths from Dynamic Twinkle. Striding out well down the back, Brother Joe was out in splendid isolation as he approached the penultimate corner as he strode to an impressive success

The complexion of race three changed dramatically between the third and fourth bends as the Martin Williams of Clooney owned Clooney Dasher trained by Stephen Murray of Sixmilebridge slipped through along the inside on her way to a three and three quarter length success over Haaland in 29.60. In the early strides No Overlap showed pace to lead his rivals around the opening two bends but approaching the penultimate corner the pack began to close. Once the gap appeared along the rails for Clooney Dasher though the daughter of Skywalker Puma and Cragmoher Susie drew right away from her rivals.

In race five, Gower Pam owned by Cooraclare’s Anne Carey never saw another rival in this A8 graded contest as she recorded her maiden success at the eighth attempt as she proved four and a half lengths too good for Commanche Springs in 29.86. Showing pace to the bend Gower Pam led Commanche Springs by two lengths entering the back straight and passing the halfway point the winner began to draw right away from her toiling rivals to record an overdue success.

The A4 tenth contest went to the Michael Costello of North Clare owned Pinnacle Abbie who never saw another rival as she recorded her eighth success by three lengths over Dromana Bobby in 29.27. Trapping well the daughter of Laughill Duke and Maries Legacy led her rivals by over two lengths rounding the opening bend and at half the lead was over four lengths as Dromana Bobby gave chase. Tracking well around the final two bends Pinnacle Abbie was home and hosed up the straight for a convincing success.

All six runners were away own terms for the third event on Saturday night card which was a Novice 525 yards contest and as they approached the opening bend Burnpark Brae held a narrow advantage over Cascade King on his outer as Cheero ran slightly off the bend in third place. Turning down the back the rail hugging Burnpark Brae took a couple of lengths out of Cascade King but approaching the penultimate bend the Jack Browne of Ballyea owned Cascade King was now right on the leaders tail. Between the final two bends Cascade King took command of the contest before easing away in the straight to defeat Cheero by two and a half lengths in a slick 29.05

In the early strides of the S8 graded fourth contest Nady Lesson showed in front towards the outer but as they settled down the red jacketed Aulton Messi really lengthened his stride to taken command of the contest approaching the opening bend as Ballyturn Spot ran very wide when trying to go with the leader. Tracking well along the inner though the Pat Hogan of Ennis owned Aulton Messi extended his advantage with every stride and the Donie Duggan trained runner eventually scored by six and a half lengths from Bridgepark Jack in 19.52.

The Pat Hogan owned double was completed in the A4 graded 575 yards ninth contest as the Vincent McKenna trained Aulton Tiger led off the home bend on his way to his maiden career victory by two & a half lengths over Brykar Oak in 31.83. On the long run towards the opening bend Jill Be Slick just led along the rails form Brykar Oak with the eventual winner only in fifth as they entered the back straight. Between the final two bends Brykar Oak began to close on Jill Be Slick at the head of affairs but now Aulton Tiger was beginning to find his stride and sweeping through along the rails the son of Zero Ten & Heathlawn Gold kicked right away for an impressive success.

As the traps rose for the S5 sixth graded sprint contest Domhan Glory, Malbay Dixie and Galahad were all away well and as they raced towards the opening bend it was the Ciara Burke and Jason O’Dwyer of Miltown Malbay owned Malbay Dixie that showed the way to Galahad in second spot. Rounding the opening bend the leader drifted quite wide allowed Galahad to almost join issue on her inner but on straightening for home Malbay Dixie kicked clear to score by two and three quarter lengths in 19.56.

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