Ellison is hoping for Baraweez to roll back years
Brian Ellison is keeping his fingers crossed that Baraweez can turn back the clock and claim a third victory at Galway in today's Colm Quinn BMW Mile.
The gelded son of Cape Cross has run 10 times at Ballybrit, with his two course wins supplemented by three placed efforts.
It is five years since he claimed his first "Ahonoora" Handicap, a victory he repeated 12 months later. Now in the veteran stage of his career at the age of nine, Baraweez has not yet rediscovered his best form so far this year, but that has coincided with a drop in the weights ahead of his return to the Republic.
"He seems well enough and we're hoping he'll run well," said Ellison. "He's been running fine and he's much better handicapped this year than last year.
"He's been going there (Galway) for a long time, so we'll see."
Baraweez features in a final field of 18 runners for the €120,000 feature, with the Willie Mullins-trained Riven Light - winner of this prize for the last two years - a notable absentee.
There is a second British raider in the form of Mark Johnston's Rufus King, while the home team includes Aidan O'Brien's Turnberry Isle, Dermot Weld's Jassaar and Sheila Lavery's hat-trick seeker Magnetic North.