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Ryder ready to step up his Galway training operation

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Ballybrit bound: Lawrencetown-based trainer Shane Ryder with two of his Galway festival hopefuls, Mysticaltou and Lisa's Legacy.

AS the field hurtled down the hill in the Supreme Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last March, most Irish eyes were on the favourite Min from the Willie Mullins yard, but one Galway trainer was only focused on the fortunes of an English contender.

Shane Ryder from Lawrencetown near Ballinasloe had a particular reason for tracking the fate of eventual sixth, Mister Miyagi, as he was an integral part of the horse’s early racing education, having trained him when finishing second on his debut to the high class Rock On the Moor in a bumper at Punchestown in October of 2014.

Ryder had been sent the horse to train for a half share by his neighbour John Bleahan, who himself has bred and trained some good horses in the past, and though Mister Miyagi didn’t win on his four Point-to-Point runs, falling twice, he was beaten by a couple of good ones in the other two.

“Mister Miyagi came up against stiff competition in Point-to-Points, but we always liked him and his bumper run confirmed that as he’s turned out to be a right horse. We were then made a nice offer for him and he ended up in Dan Skelton’s yard. He’s now won five times, including a good quality novice in Cheltenham last April.”

The 38-year-old explains that Bleahan has been ‘good to him’ over the years as he reaches the final stages of completing a course on the Curragh to qualify for a full trainers’ licence. Ryder currently has about ten horses under his care but now hopes to expand the operation.

Coming from a farming background, Ryder’s original interest in horses was cultivated from ‘tricking about’ with a few ponies on his father Stephen’s farm. Shane and his twin brother, also Stephen, were quickly bitten by the racing bug and both went on to forge careers in the sport

“Local businessman John Pardy was friendly with my father and he had a horse Bonnyhector which was trained by John Hayden on the Curragh. Any summer we could we would spend up there. We loved it and Stephen went on to become a conditional jockey.”

Over the years Stephen rode a good few winners and now is a work rider for David Wachman in the mornings and trains a couple of his own, including Hurricane Jojo which has won handicaps both over jumps and on the level.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Donoghue departure leaves a major hole to be filled

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THE straws in the wind around Croke Park last Sunday indicated that something potentially big was afoot in Galway hurling.

Speculation about Micheál Donoghue’s future as senior team manager was rife in the countdown to the sport’s biggest day of the year.

And the bush telegraph was proved accurate on Tuesday night when Donoghue handed in his notice to County Board officials in the Lough Rea Hotel.

It was an eleventh-hour summit. Around the table was the local GAA hierarchy comprised of Pat Kearney (Chairman), Seamus O’Grady (Secretary), Mike Burke (Treasurer) and Michael Larkin (Hurling Chairman) . . . with Donoghue joined by coach/selector Francis Forde and former player Cyril Donnellan, who is a member of the Galway backroom team.

The atmosphere was described as ‘tense’ and after Donoghue revealed that he was standing down for family reasons above all else, he challenged the Board about the extent of its financial backing of the senior squad.

The officials present disputed the charge amid attempts to coax Donoghue into having a change of heart about exiting the top sideline position in Galway hurling.

Later that night, Donohue met with the players – also at short notice – to confirm his decision. There was a good turnout from the squad in the circumstances and the majority of them were stunned by this bombshell.

Donoghue, it is understood, itemised a couple of difficulties he had with the board’s resourcing of the panel, possibly setting the players on a collision course with Galway GAA officials.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Galway fans left stunned by Donoghue’s decision to quit

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GALWAY hurling has been left reeling by the shock decision of Micheál Donoghue to step down as senior team manager late on Tuesday night.

Having guided the county to long-awaited All-Ireland glory in 2017 and with two years of his contract to run, Donoghue has pulled the plug on his involvement after four seasons in charge.

Local GAA officials were informed of his decision in the Lough Rea Hotel on Tuesday night before Donoghue also relayed the news to a hastily convened meeting of the senior hurling panel.

Rumours had spread over the weekend that the Clarinbridge clubman was about to step away from the Galway post, with family reasons the primary issue.

Donoghue’s relationship with the County Board had also become fraught due to increasing conflict over budgetary matters.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Barry does it again as Utd pull off surprise away win

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Daire Walsh in Stradbrook

CONOR Barry’s sublime first-half strike helped Galway United to record a superb and unexpected victory over Cabinteely in the SSE Airtricity League First Division at Stradbrook last Friday night.

This was the Tribesmen’s first league win in all of 13 games – dating back to a May 17 success at the expense of Longford Town. Alan Murphy’s men had to dig deep at various junctures in the play, but ultimately held out to claim the scalp of the south Dubliners.

Following the previous Sunday’s morale-boosting FAI Cup win over Collinstown on the far side of the Sky Blue city, Galway were always likely to keep changes at a minimum. First-choice attacker Vinny Faherty, however, was ruled out through injury, leading to a significant reshuffle in the United starting line-up.

Marc Ludden was promoted in his place and was deployed – along with Christopher Horgan – as a wing-back in a rigid Galway defence. Conor Melody was pushed further forward, while Barry and Stephen Christopher offered additional support in the final third.

In a lively start to the contest, both teams enjoyed their fair share of possession. Barry broke at pace into the Cabinteely half and looked to pick out the galloping Maurice Nugent on the right-flank.

However, the retreating opposition rearguard cut out his attempted pass and proceeded to increase the pressure on the Tribesmen as the first-quarter progressed. The pacy Yuta Sasaki was combining to good effect with Robert Manley, albeit the Galway defence largely held their own.

Paul Fox’s low effort forced a save out of Galway’s Kevin Horgan, before Cabinteely were subsequently left stunned on 19 minutes. Barry was the match-winner for Galway in last week’s victory at Whitehall and he once again produced a magic moment for the visitors.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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