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Galway races: And they're off... Dermot Weld and Ruby up and running

“He’ll come back here for a handicap on Sunday on the Flat providing the ground stays decent, it’s beautiful at the moment.”

Ruby Walsh on Train of Though on the way to victory.
Ruby Walsh on Train of Though on the way to victory.
Image: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

DERMOT WELD GOT his Galway FEstival off to a flier at Ballybrit today by taking the first race of the meeting, the Radissonhotelgalway.com & Galwaybayhotel.com Novice Hurdle, with Train Of Thought.

With Ruby Walsh on board, the four-year-old looked comfortable on his hurdling debut.

“He jumps well and he got a typical Ruby Walsh ride — that is why he’s a champion jockey by giving rides like that on a horse he’d never seen before. He knew my horses usually jump pretty good so we discussed tactics beforehand.

“He’ll come back here for a handicap on Sunday on the Flat providing the ground stays decent, it’s beautiful at the moment.”

Ruby Walsh said afterwards: “It’s nice to get on Mr Weld’s horses around here. For a first-timer he jumped extremely well, travelled really well and when I wanted him to pick up going to the second-last, he really did.

“The ground is good — from a jumping point of view you wouldn’t mind a shower or two of rain but for the meeting in general, it should be lovely. I ride Blackstairmountain in the Galway Plate — he’ll love the ground. Willie (Mullins) has Drive Time and Blazing Tempo in the Galway Hurdle so we’ll see what the weather does before we make our mind’s up.”

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