Owned, trained and ridden by 3 Kilcock men, Western Goose was a popular winner around the North Kildare town this afternoon when the 10 year old mare stormed to victory in the 2m, 4f handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse.
The 16/1 shot, ridden by 7lb claimer Barry Browne, stalked the leaders before getting on terms 3 out and was travelling smoothest of all when she took the lead approaching the penultimate hurdle. After that it was a case of how far and when Browne said go, The Goose responded in kind, pulling clear on the run in to win by 5 lengths to Crack On Corrie in 2nd, with Like A Flash back in 3rd.
Lead in by Laura Ward, Browne and Western Goose were given a warm welcome party by members of the Cill Choca Syndicate and winning trainer Vincent Ward.
Browne pushes Swamp Fox out to win at the Galway Festival
Swamp Fox overcame a difficult wide draw to win the Connacht Hotel Handicap, the feature race on day one of the Galway Festival under county Kildare jockey Barry Browne.
Swamp Fox had to break from stall 18, but Browne did a superb job to muscle his way into contention and was good value for his two-and-a-quarter-length defeat of big eyecatcher Ted Veale, who could also run in the Galway Hurdle later in the week.
Jocular made plenty of the running in the extended two-mile contest for qualified riders before he was overtaken by Asbury Boss with about a mile to go.
Katie Walsh’s partner still held a narrow advantage heading into the final three furlongs, but Benkei then took control.
His challenge from the front was short-lived, though, as Swamp Fox (16-1) gained the lead at the top of the straight and never looked back.
Benkei ended up finishing an honourable third, while Renneti was fourth.
Browne said after the race; “I thought during the race i’m too wide here but coming down into the dip he was travelling so well. I probably got to the front way too soon but I knew he would stay galloping the whole way up the hill so I sent him on. Sure look he was carrying 2 stone less than some horses so I might as well have made use of it. It felt a long way home from that final turn but I was delighted to pass the line in front anyway. This is definitely one of my biggest winners anyway.”
Browne been intervied on At The Races after his victory.