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Corrib Oil named as title sponsors of Galway Rally

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Pictured at the announcement of Corrib Oil’s sponsorship of the 2016 Galway International Rally recently were Orla Dalton of Corrib Oil and Kieran Donohue, Clerk of the Course for the Corrib Oil Galway International Rally 2016.

Galway Motor Club has announced that the title sponsors for the 2016 Galway International Rally will be a Galway company, Corrib Oil. Preparations are well advanced for the event which will take place over the weekend of February 5 to 7.

The Galway Motor Club Committee is delighted that the event, which has been running annually since 1971, has attracted such a prestigious brand name.

“I am delighted that our company has been given the opportunity to sponsor the first major sporting event in Galway next February,” said Eugene Dalton, Managing Director of Corrib Oil.

“The event is a long established one, now running for 45 years, and continues to attract significant media coverage, including extensive TV coverage of the city and county, and attracts top teams from Ireland, UK, Germany and USA each year.”

The 2016 event will again have international status and will be the opening round of the Clonakilty Black Pudding Tarmac Rally Championship. The Clerk of the Course is Kieran Donoghue from Headford, an experienced organiser and rally competitor. The rally will have a three day format, with an opening ceremonial start in Galway City on Friday February 5.

Over the following two days there will be a total of 15 stages. The Saturday route will be extended considerably for 2016, and will cover nine closed road stages in the south and east of the county. A further six stages will be covered on the Sunday closer to the city, with a centralised service area each day.

The event headquarters will be the Clayton Hotel in Ballybrit in Galway City, and the event will have categories for historic rally cars, which this year will cover the full route of the International Rally; and a Junior rally, which will cover the Sunday stages.

The 2015 Galway International Rally was won by Donagh Kelly from Donegal in his Ford Focus WRC. Donagh had a very successful year subsequently and was crowned Tarmac Rally Champion at the end of the season.

For 2016 the championship will feature a new category of rally cars, named ‘R5’. These cars are rallied extensively in Europe in particular, and the Corrib Oil Galway International Rally will see a number of these exciting new cars making their International rally debut.

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

 

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Saltonstall joins an elite club in tight finish to Galway Mile

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Galway jockey Leigh Roche drives out Walking On Glass, green colours, to win the Latin Quarter Handicap at Ballybrit on Tuesday.

THE value of course and distance form at Ballybrit was again underlined on Tuesday evening when Saltonstall joined an exclusive club in landing the Colm Quinn BMW Mile for the second year running.

But connections of the Ado McGuinness trained six-year-old had to endure an agonising wait before being declared the winner after a desperate photo finish with another 11/1 chance, Njord, at a near-deserted Galway.

In replicating the achievement of both Pinch Hitter and Riven Light in the past, it took an inspired ride from apprentice Gavin Ryan to nail the unlucky runner-up which looked to have the €75,000 feature sewn up entering the final furlong.

Seven lbs higher than when triumphant 12 months ago, Saltonstall flew up the hill and flashed past the post with the Jessica Harrington trained Njord, provoking a lengthy photo finish.

The smart money was on a dead heat, but Saltonstall eventually got the verdict – a frustrating outcome for Harrington, who also saddled the third and fourth, Only Human, and the 9/2 market leader, Tauran Shaman, respectively.

There was success for local jockey Leigh Roche in the concluding Latin Quarter Handicap when Walking on Glass (28/1) bounced back to form. Always travelling sweetly, the five-year-old made smooth progress in the dip and gradually reeled in Conron on the climb to the post

Portumna owner Tony Deegan saw his colours carried to victory as 100/30 favourite Out On Friday finally broke its maiden status in the Caulfield Industrial Handicap (Div.1) under Colin Keane. The winner is trained near Birr by Philip Byrne.

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

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West take their chances to advance to the last eight

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West United's Nathan Ward comes under pressure from Mikey Verdego, Conor Devlin, Aidan Coyle (left) and Colm Kelly (6) of Galway Hibs.

West United 2

 Hibernians 0

Two second-half headers sealed a home win for West United at South Park on Sunday as they saw off a Hibernians side who were much improved on early season form and indeed were probably the better side in this Connacht Junior Cup last sixteen contest.

It was the visitors who had wind advantage in the opening half, but while they enjoyed plenty of possession, they rarely threatened Aaron Connolly’s goal and such was the strength of the elements, one felt an advantage was going to be required at the break.

Rather surprisingly, the second-half fell into a pattern not expected, as the visitors continued to play the better football and do most of the attacking, but they generally floundered when facing the West central defensive duo of Oisin Connolly and Denis Lydon. The pair were outstanding for the home side and, in reality, were overworked, as Hibernians tried to rescue something from the game.

For the home side, their only first-half opportunity came on 44 minutes when a cracking left-footed effort by Nathan Ward came back off a post. Otherwise, play was mostly concentrated on the Town goal, but set-pieces provided the only outlet for the visitors to get off the mark.

Indeed, even getting past the defensive unit was a difficulty as Aidan Coyle and Stephen Walsh struck numerous free-kicks into the wall. In open play, efforts off target by Shane Hulgraine and Lee Keogh were the closest Martin Devlin’s charges went to a scoring reward.

The resumption saw the hosts take a quick advantage of the elements when, 52 minutes in, Nathan Ward took advantage of a Gary Matthews cross that was originally cleared up in the air and with a backwards header, his effort looped beyond PJ Ward to make it 1-0.

The probing of Niall Rooney, Colin Kelly and Shane Hulgraine kept West on their toes at the back, but apart from a few goalmouth scrambles and set-piece deliveries, they never clearly got a sight of Connolly’s goal.

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

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Big blow for Galway trainer as Presenting Percy is moved from Kelly’s stable

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Two-time Cheltenham festival winner Presenting Percy with Pat Kelly at his stables in Craughwell. The popular nine-year-old has been moved to Gordon Elliott's yard this week.

THE horse box driver rumbled through the parish of Craughwell on Monday morning certain of his destination, but unsure how to get there.

In an era where bad news travels fast, within hours the horse racing fraternity knew that Pat Kelly’s stable had been stripped of its star.

Two-time Cheltenham festival winner and one of the most popular horses in training, Presenting Percy, has headed to new pastures – Gordon Elliott’s yard in Longwood, Co Meath.

It’s a devastating blow for the small-time Kelly stable which has successfully mixed it with the sport’s big operations at different stages over the past three decades.

And not alone has Presenting Percy departed the West, but seven other horses carrying Philip Reynolds’ colours in the Kelly stable are also being dispersed to new handlers.

The decision was a tough one for Reynolds, who has enjoyed spectacular success at the Cheltenham festival through the exploits of Presenting Percy and the ill-fated Mall Dini, also trained by Kelly.

These triumphs for the low-key, media shy Galway handler fascinated the racing public and when Presenting Percy lined up for his first crack at the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2019 – the blue riband of chasing – he was sent off the market leader. Punters love an underdog story and Kelly fitted the bill perfectly.

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

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