PRESS RELEASE TUESDAY 28th JULY 2015
Hint Of A Tint landed a memorable success for connections after the filly was produced with a perfectly timed run by Wayne Lordan to beat Baraweez in the feature race on the second day of the Galway Festival, The Topaz Mile Handicap. The 5-y-o filly was having her first start for 284 days, but was the subject of a sustained gamble and her price halved from 12/1 in the morning into 6/1 at the off.
It was a first victory in the race for Lordan and Wachman and the her trainer said “she was a decent filly at two and was second in a Guineas Trial as a three year old, but then she just lost her way a bit. She did it well and we’re absolutely delighted”. Hint Of A Tint is owned by Sue-Ann Foley, daughter of leading owner JP McManus.
Earlier, the Rich Ricci owned Long Dog looked a horse of considerable promise after he readily landed the odds in the opening Topaz Novice Hurdle. A bad mistake at the second last gave his supporters a few anxious moments, but he was quickly back on an even keel and won well by ten lengths at the finish.
“The way he ran to the line suggests that he wants a bit further and I was very pleased the way he recovered from that bad mistake two out” commented winning trainer Willie Mullins.
Empresario gave an exhibition of jumping in the hands of Mark Enright when he made all to win the Latin Quarter Beginners Chase for Co. Meath trainer Matthew Smith. Beau Satchel came from near last to first to win the Caulfield Industrial Athlone Handicap for Ado McGuiness and Gary Halpin.
The two year old Topaz fillies maiden was won in good style by the front running Now Or Never while Ronan Whelan credited Sheila Lavery from Summerhill, Co.Meath, with her second winner of the festival afterIbergman gained an overdue success in the caulfieldindustrial.com EBF Maiden. The second day rounded off with a battling success for the Harry Rogers trained Benkei who won the 2m caulfieldindustrial.com handicap under jockey Connor King.
The attendance on the second evening of the festival was 18,482, (19,156 in 2014). Among the crowd on the Tuesday night at the festival was the 20-times Champion Jumps Jockey AP McCoy and former Munster back-row Alan Quinlan.
The Tote betting aggregate on Tuesday was €899,600 (€723,830 in 2014) while the bookmakers turnover was €1,323,333 (€1,232,663 in 2014).