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Aidan O'Brien's teenage son rode a memorable Galway winner this afternoon

Donnacha O’Brien claimed the feature on the final day of the festival.
Aug 2nd 2015, 10:15 PM 8,383 0

TEENAGER DONNACHA O’BRIEN had a memorable day in Ballybrit, as he claimed the feature on the the final day of the Galway Races.

17-year-old son of trainer Aidan was victorious for the first time at the festival on 7/4 favourite Baraweez, snatching the 7f Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Ahanoora’ handicap by a neck for trainer Brian Ellison.

O’Brien had been in the saddle when Baraweez finished second in the Topaz Mile on Tuesday, but the pair ended the week on a high by snatching the Sunday feature, while a winner in the second last was enough for the undisputed “King of Galway” Dermot Weld to take a 29th top trainer title in 30 years.

Horse Racing - Galway Festival - Day Seven - Galway Racecourse Barweez was a narrow winner in the feature.

The opening race of the day also went to the favourite, with Tony Martin’s Dollar and a Dream winning by three-and-a-half-lengths from Afatcat in the Martinstown Opportunity handicap hurdle over two miles.

Horse Racing - Galway Festival - Day Seven - Galway Racecourse Shane Shortall brings Dollar and a Dream home in the opener.

There was a big 16/1 winner in the Galway Shopping Centre handicap hurdle though, as Slygufftou was a winner for jockey Luke Dempsey and trainer Michael McCullagh.

Horse Racing - Galway Festival - Day Seven - Galway Racecourse Slygufftou clears a fence en route to taking the Galway Shopping Centre handicap hurdle.

Jessica Harrington had her fourth winner of the week in the At The Races Steeplechase, as 14/1 shot Cailin Annamh held off favourite Rebel Fitz under jockey Robbie Power.

Horse Racing - Galway Festival - Day Seven - Galway Racecourse Cailin Annamh brought Jessica Harrington's Galway tally to four.

Barry Geraghty and Bally Longford came out on top by a length in the Lord Hemphill handicap steeplechase, the 8/1 shot Bally Longford holding off Ruby Walsh and Un Beau Roman.

Horse Racing - Galway Festival - Day Six - Galway Racecourse Geraghty (right) picked up his first win of the meeting with Bally Longford.

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The punters got some much needed winners on the final day. Fran Berry and Tony Martin had a 5/4 winner with Whatsforuwontgobyu in the JPK Fencing handicap.

Horse Racing - Galway Festival - Day Seven - Galway Racecourse Fran Berry was a comfortable eight-and-a-half lengths winner for JP McManus. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

1/3 favourite Almela had 19 lengths to spare in the second last, giving Weld his fourth winner of the week, and wrapping up yet another top trainer title.

Horse Racing - Galway Festival - Day Seven - Galway Racecourse There was no stopping Pat Smullen on Almela in the Trappers Inn EBF Fillies Maiden.

While the final race of the festival went to another favourite, as Willie and Patrick Mullins combined to take the bumper on 5/4 favourite Fugi Mountain.

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