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It was a family affair as the fun began at the Galway Races today

Modem wins the two-mile Connacht Hotel Qualified Riders’ Handicap

IT’S THAT TIME of the year again.

The Galway races got underway at Ballybrit today with the Harringtons centre stage.

Trainer Jessican and daughter Kate teamed up for a famous win in the feature race of Day 1.

Modem, a 5-1 fancy, took the two-mile Connacht Hotel Qualified Riders’ Handicap.

Wood Breizh was beaten into second in the final stretch with favourite Ted Veale third. Here’s how it looked out west:

Rugby player George Naoupu with his wife Sene

George Naoupu with his wife Sene Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

A view of the first race of the day which was won by Bachasson for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh

A view of the first race of the day Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Beckwith Star (7-1) won the two-mile Easyfix Rubber Products Handicap Hurdle for a second consecutive year

A view of the second race of the day Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Kate Harrington celebrates as Modem comes home to win the The Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap

Modem ridden by Kate Harrington celebrates as she comes home to win Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Tv3′s Noel Cunningham with sisters Gabrielle and Barbara Dunne from Galway

Noel Cunningham with sisters Gabrielle and Barbara Dunne Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Beckwith Star ridden by Adam O’Neil comes home to win the Easyfix Rubber Products Handicap Hurdle

Beckwith Star ridden by Adam O'Neil comes home to win Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Laura Fox from Galway was among the racegoers

Laura Fox Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

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Danny Boy Betting ahead of today’s racing

Danny Boy Betting ahead of today's racing Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Harasava ridden by Pat Smullen comes home to win The Colm Quinn BMW Handicap

Harasava ridden by Pat Smullen comes home to win Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

A view of a busy grandstand

A view of a busy grandstand Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

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