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Bashing for bookmakers at Galway Summer Festival

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THE only locally trained winner at the 2016 Galway Summer Festival – 50/1 rank outsider Poormans Hill – brought only minimal relief to the bookmakers who suffered something of a bashing at Ballybrit last week.

Heavy losses for the layers might fly in the face of some other shock results – two 66/1 beginners chase winners and a 40/1 upset in a flat handicap – but the bookmakers were left counting the of a difficult seven days with results mostly stacking up in favour of the punters.

The nadir was reached last Friday evening when five of the seven market leaders won, together with a 5/4 second favourite, Triplicate in the concluding Guinness Maiden, and the heavily supported Intrepid Prince which was backed at odds of 25/1 off-course into 7/1 in the Arthur Guinness Handicap.

The success of the Michael O’Callaghan trained Intrepid Prince, which won again at Nass on Monday, was completing a notable jockey for Galway jockey Leigh Roche, who earlier on the card had steered Golden Spear to victory in the featured €100,000 Guinness Handicap . . . Tony Martin’s 3/1 leading fancy going one better than 12 months ago in the same race.

Roche wasn’t the only Galway jockey on the mark at the festival as it was Tommie O’Brien, son of Athenry-based trainer Val, who was in the saddle when Poormans Hill sprung that big 50/1 shock for the Clarinbridge yard of John Neilan in the bumper on Guinness Hurdle day.

Owned by a 10-person local syndicate from the parish, including former Galway goalkeeper Liam Donoghue and ex-Clarinbridge player Brian Carr, Poormans Hill showed plenty of resolution in wearing down Deise Diamond in the shadow of the post.

Neilan was the only Galway trainer to hit the jackpot at the festival, but spare a thought for Iggy Madden’s ten-year-old Cairdiuil, twice a course winner in the past, which had to settle for two narrow defeats in seven furlong handicaps during the meeting.

It was also something of luckless week for Kilcolgan-based Steve Mahon, who saddled four seconds at the festival and must particularly regret the agonising defeat of Afatcat in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle on Sunday – jockey Chris Timmons losing an iron between the last flights.

Full coverage in this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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City sides will fancy chances of advancing as champions face Corofin

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Bearna's James Kennedy hits the deck in Ballinasloe on Tuesday as Annaghdown's Frankie Burke and Darragh Meehan try to chase down possession. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

The battle for this year’s county Senior Gaelic football club title looks to be wide open after the quarter-final draw was made this week following the delayed conclusion of the group stages on Tuesday night.

Salthill/Knocknacarra, who finished second in group 2, have been handed a last eight tie with a Tuam Stars side that finished third in group 1; while St Michael’s, who topped Group 3, will face an Annaghdown side that nabbed the final quarter-final spot in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night.

They went into their game with Bearna knowing they needed to win by a minimum of 12points to pip Milltown to the final qualifying spot as the second best of the teams that finished third in the group stages.

They looked to be coming up just short until they were awarded a late free, which goalkeeper James Healy converted, to snatch that remaining quarter-final slot on socring difference form Milltown.

The 2020 champions, Moycullen, will take on Claregalway in the last eight; while the pick of the ties is undoubtedly the clash of defending champions, Mountbellew/Moylough, with a Corofin side that was denied the five-in-a-row by Moycullen two years ago.

At the other end of the equation, St James’ are in a relegation battle, and face a clash with An Spidéal in the preliminary play-offs. A win will secure their senior status for another year, but a defeat will see them join Oughterard, An Cheathru Rua, and the losers of the other preliminary play-off between Caherlistrane and Monivea/Abbey in a round robin league, with the bottom two sides in those play-offs dropping to the intermediate ranks next year.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Play-offs dress rehearsal facing Utd against Treaty

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Former Galway United player Enda Curran celebrates his recent hat-trick for Treaty United in their FAI Cup quarter-final win over UCD. The in-form Mervue native will be facing the Tribesmen in a First Division clash on Friday.

GALWAY United head to Limerick this Friday evening for what is looking like a dress rehearsal for the end-of-season play-offs as they take on Treaty United in the Markets Field (7.45pm).

This is United’s game-in-hand over league leaders, Cork City, and a win will see them close the gap on the Leesiders to four points with three games remaining, and while a win would give the slightest of hopes of a late challenge for league honours, it is more likely to serve as a further boost to confidence ahead of the protracted play-off series that kicks-off at the end of next month.

United need to win their final four games to have any hope of snatching the title, and given the goal difference between the sides, they also need to hope that City don’t pick up more than four points from their last three games, if they are to finish top of the pile.

United’s last three games after this weekend are at home to Athlone, away to Wexford, and home to Longford Town; while City are home to Wexford, away to Athlone, and home to Bray, the easier of the two run-ins, so for United it is all about building momentum ahead of the play-offs.

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Late points from Burke and Wall grab draw for Corofin

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Tuam Stars' Paul Collins tries to halt Ronan Steede of Corofin in his tracks during Sunday's Senior Football Group 1 encounter at Tuam Stadium. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Corofin 0-16

Tuam Stars 0-16

Eanna O’Reilly at Tuam Stadium

A late point from Corofin’s Ian Burke denied Tuam Stars a notable win over their close neighbours in an entertaining contest at Tuam Stadium on Sunday afternoon. In a closely fought contest, the Stars appeared to have done enough with two late points from Brian Mannion putting them ahead by 0-16 to 0-14 in the dying minutes of the second half.

In typically composed fashion however, Corofin refused to panic and used all of their experience to engineer two late scores, the first from Dylan Wall, before Burke held his nerve to convert a mark to give Corofin a share of the spoils.

The result means that both sides qualified for the quarter finals, after both finished the group stages with eight points. Corofin were drawn against defending champions Mountbellew/Moylough in a mouth-watering tie, while Tuam Stars will face Salthill/Knocknacara in another intriguing clash.

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