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Missunited records win at Galway

Updated: Monday, 09 Sep 2013 20:47 | Comments

Missunited added to success in the Galway Hurdle with another win today
Missunited added to success in the Galway Hurdle with another win today

Star mare Missunited recorded another big-race success in the Listed Ardilaun Hotel Oyster Stakes at Galway.

As versatile as they come, the Michael Winters-trained six-year-old had last been seen winning the Galway Hurdle in August, sparking euphoric scenes in the winner's enclosure.

The daughter of Golan is just as happy on the Flat and was given a perfect ride by Seamie Heffernan, racing just off the pace before making progress to lead over a furlong out.

Hot favourite Eye Of The Storm (4-5) was hard driven to go with her, and while the gap narrowed at the line there was never any real danger of Missunited (4-1) being caught, with three-quarters of a length the winning margin.

Carlo Bugatti was a gutsy winner of the Donnelly's Of Barna EBF Maiden for Aidan and Joseph O'Brien.

Held up off the pace, the 5-2 chance was off the bridle before main rival and market leader Whitey O'Gwaun, but swept past on the home turn and kept finding just enough to record a three quarters of a length success.

Colour Blue got off the mark at the fifth attempt in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

Sent to the front just after turning for home by Gary Carroll, the 7-4 favourite always had the upper hand from then on, coming home a length and a quarter ahead of Sophie's World.

Paul Deegan's Bint Nayef gave apprentice champion-elect Connor King another winner in a fantastic season for the rider when just holding on in the Sean Cleary Memorial Maiden.

The 11-2 chance had just seen off Vote Of Confidence close home, but only prevailed in a photo finish from Tonabrocky, who flew home in the closing stages.

Star Links (14-1) burst out of the pack entering the home straight and kept on nicely under Ronan Whelan to land the Maggie May's Handicap.

Harpist (3-1) struck for David Wachman and Wayne Lordan in the James P. Cunningham Electrical Handicap when pulling two and a half lengths clear of Tough Lady, while Conor Hoban guided Andrew Oliver's Stephen Hero (6-1) to victory in the Galway Apprentice Handicap.

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