Current Option capped an excellent Galway Festival for trainer Ado McGuinness and apprentice Gavin Ryan with victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF "Ahonoora" Handicap.
McGuinness saddled Saltonstall to land Tuesday's BMW Mile, before Sirjack Thomas doubled his tally on Saturday. Ryan was aboard both horses and had also ridden winners for Dermot Weld and Donnacha O'Brien during the course of the week.
Having disappointed behind his stablemate Saltonstall earlier in the week, Current Option was a 15-2 shot for the final day feature.
Gavin Ryan with his fifth winner of the week in the Irish Stallion Farms @IrishEBF_ "Ahonoora" Handicap riding Current Option. Trainer @adomcguinness1 also enjoying a good week gets his third win.?? pic.twitter.com/JPreKQSLip— Galway Races (@Galway_Races) August 2, 2020
The four-year-old travelled sweetly for much of the seven-furlong contest and picked up well once the gap came in the straight to score by a neck from 7-4 favourite Njord.
It was a second big-race triumph for Current Option, having landed the similarly valuable Sovereign Path Handicap on Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown last September.
Ya Ya Baby justified 7-4 favouritism in the opening Kenny Galway Handicap.
Runner-up on her two most recent starts, Jessica Harrington's filly knuckled down to get the better of Take My Hand by a short head in the hands of Shane Foley.
Foley and Harrington made it a double with Camphor (9-4) in the JPK Fencing Race.
Johnny Murtagh continued his excellent run of form as Fourhometwo (6-4 favourite) went one better than when second on his Gowran debut in the Lord Hemphill Memorial Irish EBF Median Auction Maiden.
Denis Hogan and Joey Sheridan teamed up to claim the Ardilaun Hotel Handicap with 9-4 favourite Darkened. Runner-up at the track on Tuesday, the four-year-old went one better with a narrow verdict over The Mpex Kid.
Pista (12-1) and Shane Crosse led home a one-two for Joseph O'Brien in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, with stable companion Lady Dahlia best of the rest in second.
Willie Mullins notched his 10th winner of the meeting in the closing Fr. Breen Memorial Handicap as the Rachael Blackmore-ridden Eight And Bob (11-4 favourite) prevailed