Chris Hayes and Tahiyra on their way to winning the Colm Quinn BMW Irish EBF Fillies Maiden during day two of the Galway Races Summer Festival at Ballybrit Racecourse. PIC: Sportsfile
Having suffered a reversal with the defeat of odds-on favourite Tiverton on the opening day of the Galway festival, Chris Hayes and Dermot Weld landed the seven-furlong fillies’ maiden with the newcomer Tahiyra, a half-sister to Tarnawa, on Tuesday. The well-supported 7/2 chance led over a furlong from the finish before racing away to win by five and a half lengths, in the colours of HH Aga Khan, from the Aidan O'Brien-trained 5/6 favourite Dower House.
Billy Lee had to wait until day six of the festival to land a winner and it came in the shape of the Ray Cody-trained Saraqael in the eight-furlong maiden on Saturday. Owned and bred by Ballygallon Stud, the 5/1 chance didn’t enjoy the clearest of runs before the straight but picked up well when getting room to win by an easy two and three-parts of a length from the Aidan O'Brien-trained Samuel Pepys.
Chris Hayes doubled his tally for the week when teaming up with Eddie and Patrick Harty to take the seven-furlong auction series maiden with Evening’s Empire as the festival drew to a close on Sunday. The 11/4 chance had a little in hand as she beat the Kevin Prendergast-trained Roman Moon by a length.
Roscommon – Tuesday, August 2 (First Race 5.30pm)
Sligo – Wednesday, August 3 (First Race 5.30pm)
Sligo – Thursday, August 4 (First Race 5pm)
Leopardstown – Thursday, August 4 (First Race 5.15pm)
Tipperary – Friday, August 5 (First Race 5pm)
Wexford – Friday, August 5 (First Race 4.45pm)
Curragh – Saturday, August 6 (First Race 1.30pm)
Kilbeggan – Saturday, August 6 (First Race 5.20pm)
Downpatrick – Sunday, August 7 (First Race 2.30pm)
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