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Bomb powers to victory

Powersbomb was a 12-1 winner of the Tote 40,000 Euro Jackpot Guarantee Handicap Hurdle at Galway for trainer Brian McMahon and jockey Mikey Fogarty.

The Sligo bumper winner had failed to get seriously competitive in six previous attempts over hurdles, most recently being brought down at Down Royal at the end of May.

On this occasion, however, the five-year-old moved ominously into contention and after taking the lead on the run to the final flight, careered away for an emphatic four-and-three-quarter-length victory.

Bank Bonus was best of the rest in second, ahead of Coldstonesober and Holeinthewall Bar in third and fourth respectively.

"I thought he had a right chance off a mark of 103. He was working well at home and just needed to put it all together. The hood helped him relax," said McMahon.

"Jerry McGrath said in Down Royal that he had travelled as well as he's ever travelled, before he was brought down, and was staying on, so I thought the extra four furlongs suited him.

"He won in Sligo and it's similar here. He was my first winner when winning in Sligo and it's almost 12 months to the day.

"It's been an up and down year, but to win in Galway is fantastic. The owners are fairly local and have been with me since day one.

"My dad passed away during the year and was a great supporter of mine so he might have had something to do with it. His own horse runs on Sunday so we're looking for the double."

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