Martin triumphs but just fails to claim top award

Quick Jack [Denis O'Regan] leads after the final flight as stable companion, Thomas Edison falls to supply trainer, Tony Martin with success in the Galway Festival feature ' the Galway Hurdle which this year carried record prize money of � 300,000. Photography courtesy of Pat Healy/Galway Races
Quick Jack [Denis O'Regan] leads after the final flight as stable companion, Thomas Edison falls to supply trainer, Tony Martin with success in the Galway Festival feature ' the Galway Hurdle which this year carried record prize money of � 300,000. Photography courtesy of Pat Healy/Galway Races

Co Meath trainer, Tony Martin enjoyed another very successful Galway Festival for the second successive year while Dermot Weld [5 winners] was again leading trainer at Ballybrit with the latter claiming the award for the 29th time but prevailing by just one point from Willie Mullins [8 winners] under the points based system.

The highlight for Martin was winning the Galway Hurdle – the festival feature and carrying a record €300,000 in prize money with Quick Jack while also providing the third placed, Ted Veale.

The winner had previously claimed the first day feature last year for amateur riders with Banbridge rider, Steven Clements aboard.

Martin was denied a possible historic 1-2-3 in the feature when Thomas Edison fell at the final flight.

A double on Sunday plus a treble on Friday brought the total tally to six winners.