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Michael Winters saddles back-to-back winners of the Guinness Galway Hurdle as Missunited obliges at odds of 7/1

Updated: Thursday, 01 Aug 2013 23:29 | Comments

Robbie Power raises his fist in delight as he crosses the winning line aboard Missunited
Robbie Power raises his fist in delight as he crosses the winning line aboard Missunited

Trainer Mick Winters claimed back-to-back runnings of the Guinness Galway Hurdle as dual-purpose mare Missunited struck gold in the hands of Robbie Power.

The genial County Cork handler landed a gamble 12 months ago with stable star Rebel Fitz, successful over fences earlier on the card, and this year's challenger was a leading contender at 7-1.

Never too far off the pace, the six-year-old scooted clear from the home turn and safely negotiated the final flight to secure victory by three and three-quarters of a length.

Flaxen Flare filled the runner-up spot ahead of Make Your Mark and Drive Time, who finished third and fourth respectively.  

Robboe Power said afterwards: The race worked out 100%.

"It's not often things work out in a 20-runner handicap. "I jumped off and I got a lovely position.

"When I gave her smack after the last she quickened up and put her head down. "Mick was very confident, very bullish, and said the ground wouldn't be an issue.

"To win the race two years in a row with two different horses is unbelievable." 

Winters added: "The mare is Flat-bred and the owner was anxious about letting her take her chance here.

"I've just been terribly lucky to have herself and Rebel Fitz.

"This one stays and I was confident enough when she hit the front.

"It's super to win it back to back. Last year I had to muck out the next morning but this year I'm prepared and I have a few on to work.

"Jason Maguire was asked to ride but he couldn't do the weight. Martin Ferris did a good job schooling her but the owners wanted someone that was there before.

"I had this race mapped out for her for 12 months and now I'd love to see her coming up the hill in Cheltenham. The only mare that I'd be afraid of in the country is Annie Power.

"The mare will now go for a Listed race in the Curragh over a mile and three quarters in two weeks' time."

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