Baraweez heads Brian Ellison's bid for a magnificent nap hand
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Ahonoora Handicap (Premier Handicap) | 7f | 3yo+ | ATR
If Brian Ellison continues his extraordinary stranglehold on the Ahonoora Handicap, officials at Galway will soon have to consider adding his name to the race title as the Yorkshire-based trainer bids to make it a fifth win in a row.
Last year yielded a remarkable 1-2-3 for Ellison and the same trio return to do battle for the €100,000 prize, although the 2017 winner Dream Walker, who also took the prize in 2016, now represents Jarlath Fahey as he bids for the hat-trick.
Baraweez won the race for Ellison in 2014 and followed up the next year. The trainer said of the second and third of 12 months ago: "Baraweez got a terrible draw, which makes life difficult, but he's come out of the race on Tuesday well [14th in Colm Quinn BMW Mile]. The ground will be a bit better for him and we're just hopeful really.
Last year's victorious grey fared respectably in fifth behind Riven Light on Tuesday, and Jarlath Fahey said: "He was a bit unlucky, he just got no run. He's come out of the race well and we're just hoping the ground doesn't dry up too much."
Draw unkind to Bond Street again
Aidan O'Brien landed a double in the opening two races on Saturday's card and his Bond Street will bid to keep the flag flying after giving Riven Light most to think about in second on Tuesday.
The 95-rated Galileo colt wasn't blessed by the draw in stall 14 on that occasion and has been given the same gate over a furlong shorter here.
Quinn 'very happy' with Safe Voyage
John Quinn's string have been in excellent shape and his fine run of form could be set to continue thanks to his emphatic April Haydock winner Safe Voyage.
Quinn said: "He needs a bit of cut in the ground, he doesn't need it to be extremely soft but the ground has been too firm since his win at Haydock. I'm very happy with him. I think he’s got a sporting chance and I'm pleased with the draw."
What they say
David Barron, trainer of Danielsflyer
He’s in good form at home. The trip and ground is fine for him. As for the track, he’ll need a bit of a luck with his wide draw. After he got touched off in the Redcar race in June, this race is the one we’ve been looking at.
Jedd O'Keeffe, trainer of Shared Equity
The ground looks like it’s going to suit him well. The turning track over seven furlongs wouldn’t worry me as he’s won over a turning seven furlongs at Epsom. I think we just have to be on our guard not to go too quick so he gets up the stiff finish to the line. The draw has been kind to us and we’re looking forward to it.
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