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JT McNamara remembered by jockeys and punters at Galway Festival

By Ron McKnight

All jockeys riding at the Galway Festival wore black armbands and observed a minute's silence in memory of rider John Thomas McNamara who passed away on Monday evening aged 41.

JT was paralysed in a fall at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival.

Last night's feature, the €70,000 BMW Mile Handicap, was won by Creggs Pipes, ridden by Declan McDonogh.

Former Ulster point to pointer Briar Hill, winner of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival Champion Bumper, was denied in a photo on his chasing debut by 66-1 chance Talk The Lingo in the Latin Quarter Beginners Chase.

Meanwhile, Father and son duo, Cabra trainer Sean McParlan and amateur rider son Noel, sprang a 100-1 shock when Drummullagh Rocky claimed the Dangberries Maiden Hurdle at Perth last night, beating the Gordon Elliott-trained Tajeer with champion jockey Richard Johnson aboard.

Knocklayde Sue, trained near Larne by Stuart Crawford, filled third and Crossgar handler Colin McBratney's Raleagh Mountain took fourth in an all Irish finish.

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