Horse & Pony


Local Hero Scores a Double in Galway 2013

North Cork will remember the 2013 Galway Racing Festival for all the right reasons.
Just over 27,000 people braved the elements on Thursday 1st August to witness Kanturk trainer Michael Winters record back to back victories in the Guinness Galway Hurdle, the most valuable race in the Irish National Hunt racing calendar, with the six year old mare Missunited.
The 7-1 second-favourite partnered by Robbie Power showed an impressive turn of foot to see off Flaxen Flare, who had previously won the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle in Cheltenham of this year, to claim the first prize of €156,000.
Miley Shah made the pace but faded going down the hill. There were a few with chances then but Missunited, the big ante-post mover, led soon after two out before powering on to overcome Flaxen Flare by 3¾ lengths.
Willie Mullins filled the next two placings with Make Your Mark and DriveTime whilst Dermot Weld's Hisaabaat came home in fifth. The favourite, Ted Veale, had every chance but eventually faded into eighth.
The venue and prizemoney attracts the very best to this race, making the victory all the more sweet.
The win was the second in as many years in the race for Michael following Rebel Fitz's victory last summer. Fittingly, Rebel Fitz maintained his winning record at the Galway venue by taking the Guinness Mid-Strength Novice Chase earlier in the day and completing the double.
Michael is a long standing and valued customer of Pegus Horse Feed and we would like to take this opportunity to heartily congratulate Michael and the connections of both horses in their outstanding achievements and we wish them the very best in their future endeavors.