Challengers No Match for Robin Hood

Joseph O'Brien's superior ride from the front on Robin Hood, guaranteed triumph for the Ballydoyle colt, with the Dermot Weld trained favourite, A Word Apart, only managing sixth place in the EBF Maiden at the week long Galway Festival.



This event has been won by Dermot Weld on four occasions since 2003. It was largely anticipated that he would proceed with that trend, but it was Aidan O'Brien, who ended up with the trophy, thanks to the endeavours of his son atop the winner.

Robin Hood was out of the stalls fast to govern the field at a moderate velocity before speeding up the process when turning into the straight.

It was Tashqeel became the main challenger, but Robin Hood had too much in the tank holding the rest at bay, to win the event in style.

The winning rider said of his mount, "He was a bit green when he got to the front, but he’s tough and I knew he’d stay. He’ll improve again and stay further."

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