Thrilled father Aidan has two reasons to be happy
Clonroche trainer, and premier trainer, Aidan O'Brien, was every bit the proud father when sons Donnacha and Joseph rode winners at Dundalk on Sunday.
Donnacha partnered 8/15 favourite Outspoken to a comfortable success in the ten furlongs conditions race, while former champion jockey Joseph had an even easier time of it on 10/11 favourite Hobart in the four-runner twelve furlongs maiden.
Oylegate's Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning continued their winning run at Leopardstown on Thursday where they shared two winners. Sanus Per Aquam ran out a most impressive winner of the seven furlongs two-year-old winners' race when easily accounting for Port Douglas and is certainly one to follow. Stellar Glow completed the double when taking the twelve furlongs fillies' maiden by a neck.
With three winners, Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning also dominated at Naas on Wednesday. Queen Of Sicily made an impressive winning debut in the fillies' maiden to get the ball rolling, and the pair combined to win the final two races with 5/2 favourites Algonquin and Brightly Shining who each had a neck to spare at the line.
Barry Geraghty rode his first winner since St. Patrick's Day and his first as retained jockey to J.P. McManus when successful on the Henry de Bromhead-trained Riviera Sun in the rated novice hurdle at Roscommon on Tuesday.
The former champion jockey, who had been sidelined since breaking his shin at Downpatrick on March 22, made all the running on the 11/8 favourite and said: 'That was brilliant. It's nice to ride a winner for the boss'.
The Galway Races Summer Festival is one of the social and sporting highlights of the year and will get under way on Monday, July 27.
The seven-day racing bonanza at Ballybrit will play host to over 150,000 racing fans, 800 horses, 52 action-packed races, leading owners, trainers and jockeys, all competing for a record level of prize money in excess of €1.8 million throughout.
To celebrate the 50th year of the long-standing relationship between Guinness and the Galway Races, the Guinness Galway Hurdle on Thursday, July 30, has been increased by €50,000 to €300,000, making it the richest National Hunt race ever to be run in Ireland.
The feature race on Wednesday, thetote.com Galway Plate, has also been boosted by €20,000 to €220,000, following the announcement in June that Tote Ireland has renewed its sponsorship of the Galway Plate Day for a further three years.
The Galway Race committee has newly commissioned a perpetual sterling silver Galway Plate for this historic race which has been running since 1869, with this year's winners being the first recipients of this striking trophy.
Racing takes place at the following Irish racetracks over the coming week: Killarney, Tuesday, July 14 (first race 6 p.m.); Downpatrick, Tuesday, July 14 (first race 3 p.m.); Killarney, Wednesday, July 15 (first race 5.40 p.m.); Killarney, Thursday, July 16 (first race 2.05 p.m.); Leopardstown, Thursday, July 16 (first race 5.50 p.m.); Kilbeggan, Friday, July 17 (first race 5.55 p.m.); Curragh, Saturday, July 18 (first race 3.05 p.m.); Curragh, Sunday, July 19 (first race 2.05 p.m.), and Tipperary, Sunday, July 19 (first race 2.25 p.m.).