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19-year-old Aubrey McMahon wins 'Amateur Derby' as Galway Races get underway

16/1 shot Whiskey Sour won the feature on day one at Ballybrit.

Aubrey McMahon on Whiskey Sour wins Source: James Crombie/INPHO

NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Aubrey McMahon was the unlikely hero on the opening day of the Galway Races, winning the feature race at Ballybrit – the Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap.

McMahon steered 16/1 shot Whiskey Sour, owned by his father Luke and trained by Willie Mullins, to a two-and-three-quarter length win in the two-mile handicap, dubbed ‘the Amateur Derby.’

Last year’s winner Swamp Fox was sent off favourite but finished second with another of Mullins’ runners, Lagostovegas, ridden by Patrick Mullins a short head back in third.

A punter celebrates a winner at the races Winner alright! Punters celebrate at Ballybrit. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Barry Geraghty on board Le Richebourg wins the opening race ahead of Andrew Lynch on board Twobeelucky Barry Geraghty won the opener on board Le Richebourg in the colours of Joseph O'Brien. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Eleanor and Maud Hand Eleanor and Maud Hand from Carrickmacross, Monaghan. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Galway – Monday’s Results

  • 17.20 - 1. Le Richebourg (4/9f) 2. Twobeelucky (11/4) 3. Aydoun (9/1)
  • 17.55 - 1. Pateen (20/1) 2. Artful Artist (4/1f) 3. The Irregular (9/1)
  • 18.25 - 1. Spiorad Saoirse (14/1) 2. Quizical (7/1) 3. Elusive Don (33/1)
  • 19.05 - 1. Dinky Inty (12/1) 2. Twist of Magic (20/1) 3. Delegating (5/1 2f)
  • 19.40 - 1. Whiskey Sour (16/1) 2. Swamp Fox (5/1f) 3. Lagostovegas (6/1 j2f)

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