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Leading way: Simon Torrens steers Nibblers Charm to victory at Ballybrit

Leading way: Simon Torrens steers Nibblers Charm to victory at Ballybrit

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Leading way: Simon Torrens steers Nibblers Charm to victory at Ballybrit

The week-long Galway Festival concludes with two flat fixtures this weekend, with Kilbeggan providing the action tonight and Cork tomorrow.

Draperstown trainer Noel Kelly is well represented today with debutant Patriant Saint in the mile maiden, while he has a trio engaged in a mile handicap in Wooster, Wild Shot and Tuamhain. He also has first reserve No Trouble.

Trainer Mick Mulvany has had a few placed at Ballybrit, and Ideal Pal, with Gary Carroll aboard, supplies the best chance of a winner in the O'Leary Handicap.

Take My Hand gives the Kells trainer another chance for a winner in the opener tomorrow.

Silvertown, trained by Caledon-based Andy Oliver, ran well for a long spell in the Ulster Derby and reverts to a much shorter trip in the 50/80 handicap with Chris Hayes in the saddle, and warrants consideration.

The Tony Mullins-trained Princess Zoe landed the first night feature and turns out again in the valuable Galway Handicap in a bid to match Flying Scotsman, already a dual winner at Ballybrit this week.

Njord, denied by a nose by Saltonstall in Tuesday's featured mile contest, can gain compensation in the £90,000 Ahonoora Handicap for connections over the slightly shorter seven furlong trip.

Last night, Omagh jockey Simon Torrens continued to have a bumper Ballybrit.

Successful on Thursday aboard Guinevere at the Festival, Torrens gave the Ray Hackett-trained Nibblers Charm a cool and polished ride to take the £50,000 Galway Tribes Hurdle.

The winner had tracked the leader before shooting clear at the penultimate flight and maintained the advantage on the uphill climb to the line to score easily for Tipperary connections.

Hackett said: "The 7lb (Torrens' claim) was a huge help carrying 9st 9lb and it is Simon's first ride for me. I'm delighted for him and he gave him a great spin.

"We were hoping he'd get into the Grade B hurdle, but that's my first Galway Festival winner and we won't be greedy.

"We might look at taking him across to Cheltenham for the November meeting and he has plenty of size and scope to jump fences."

The Storyteller pulled up at an early stage in the Galway Plate, but provided an easy winner in the Handicap Chase for the Templepatrick-based Sloan family.

The Gordon Elliott-trained winner, which was always prominent, was partnered by Keith Donoghue with Davy Russell resting an existing injury.

Galway Saturday Selections: 2.35 Halite; 3.10 Castle Gandolfo; 3.45 Annexation; 4.15 Soaring Monarch; 4.45 Iron Sheriff; 5.15 Princess Zoe; 5.45 Dark Voyager

Galway Sunday selections: 2.45 Take My Hand; 3.15 Fourhometwo; 3.50 Ultra Pride; 4.20 Njord; 4.50 La Joya; 5.20 Powerful Ted; 5.50 Acclamatio

Belfast Telegraph