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Rosebud blooms for Weld

Dermot Weld took his tally at this year's Galway Festival to eight with a treble highlighted by Yellow Rosebud's victory in the Listed Guinness EBF Corrib Fillies Stakes.

The even-money favourite was smartly away in the hands of Pat Smullen and quickly dictated affairs from the front. She was the only one left on the bridle rounding the home turn and powered clear in the straight to score by two and three-quarter lengths from the staying-on Snow Queen.

Weld said: "We were pretty confident as she's a very classy and adaptable filly. We might travel with her, with options in the US."

The master of Rosewell followed up courtesy of 11-4 favourite Treasure The Ridge in the IRFU Charitable Trust Handicap and Dont Tell No One (11-4) in the Guinness Quarter Flat Race.

David Marnane's admirable veteran Maundy Money clinched his third Galway Festival win - five years on from his previous two triumphs - with a comfortable success in the Guinness Time Handicap.

The 10-year-old appears to have discovered a new lease of life in recent weeks and was a 5-1 joint-favourite to secure a third successive win.

Always travelling powerfully under leading conditional Connor King, Maundy Money claimed the front-running Parkers Mill rounding the home bend and powered further clear in the straight to score by four lengths.

Marnane said: "He's a legend of a horse. We bought him out of Mark Johnston's yard for £4,500 and he's won at three Galway Festivals now, two Listowel Festivals and two Killarney Festivals. He's won 10 races, he's 10 years of age and he's as fresh as paint.

"I've been looking to retire him for about a year and a half now, but while he keeps running good races you can't. If you had a horse at home that could work with him, you've got a fair horse."


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