Magic Chegaga literally answers trainer Brian Duffy’s prayers under Colin Keane – Racing Post | Gmx Pharm

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Magic Chegega fends off her rivals to land the Colm Quinn BMW Mile

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By Brian Dowling

Tuesday: Galway

Magic Chegaga’s success at the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap demonstrates everything that makes Galway Racing the legendary week it is.

Trained by Brian Duffy, who has only four active horses at his base in Trim, County Meath, the daughter of Teofilo was picked up by Moyglare Stud last February for just €12,500 and now takes her place on the roll of honor at one of the studs most famous flat handicap prizes of the festival.

Preparations weren’t easy for the five-year-old, however, as the horsebox she was traveling in broke down in front of a church in Kinnegad, 90 miles from Galway, on the way to the racetrack.

Seizing the opportunity while waiting for reinforcements, Duffy entered to say a quick prayer that his mare would do the business, and his invocation was certainly answered.

Magic Chegaga had gotten a wide go in pit 17 but, led by champion jockey Colin Keane, she drove strongly into the straight before driving up the hill to record a half-length win, prompting scenes of cheering in the winner’s pen .

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A thrilled Brian Duffy after winning the €120,000 Colm Quinn BMW Mile with Magic Chegaga

A thrilled Brian Duffy after winning the €120,000 Colm Quinn BMW Mile with Magic Chegaga

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Duffy said: “Colin is a champion for a reason. Getting them to win that draw was a super ride. It really is the stuff of dreams, you can’t make it up.

“She’s a beautifully bred filly, like many of the Moyglare horses – if you buy there you know you’re buying something good.

“I used to bid for them from my home computer between work and here we are!”

Magic Chegaga’s win was Keane’s third win in the €120,000 competition, a race he first won in 2013 as a five-pound claimer on Brendan Brackan.

Keane said, “Brian and the team are doing a great job with these horses and they deserve it.

“I couldn’t believe the position I got at the end of stand 17. She took me everywhere we needed to go and made it easy for me.

“She doesn’t make a whole heap up front and I was hoping they would take us a little bit further. They stopped and she hit the brakes a bit but luckily she held on at home.”

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The Magic Lads syndicate celebrate Magic Chegaga's victory on the Colm Quinn BMW Mile in Galway

The Magic Lads syndicate celebrate Magic Chegaga’s victory on the Colm Quinn BMW Mile in Galway

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Chaos broke out in the victor’s pen, led by the owners of the Magic Lads Syndicate, who in turn heaped praise on the champion jockey’s ride.

Richie Walsh of the Magic Lads Syndicate said: “What a man Colin is. He is a genius. He was in stable 17 and he took her there. That’s why he’s the best.

“Mark Flanagan works with her at home every day, the little things behind the scenes, and he deserves it.”

moon is shining

Trainer Matthew Smith continued his fine run of recent form as Flaming Moon landed the prey in the 2m½f Listed Novice Hurdle.

Much of the market attention was focused on Tax For Max, the even-money favorite, but it was Smith’s 11-1 chance that stayed best from the front under Bryan Cooper to prevail by a half-length.

The five-year-old fell when he was last seen over hurdles at Punchestown in May, but this time he jumped with great dexterity, responding to every urge from Cooper to fend off late challengers to land his first win since beating a Curragh handicap over one mile in August 2020.

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Flaming Moon (left) goes all out under Bryan Cooper to win the Listed Novice Hurdle in Galway

Flaming Moon (left) goes all out under Bryan Cooper to win the Listed Novice Hurdle in Galway

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Smith said: “He’s always shown us a lot. He won a pair on the flat and has a good placed form over hurdles. I was probably a little hesitant before but I said he has every right to take his chance and we’re thrilled.

“We started having a couple of winners at Killarney a few weeks ago and they seem to be back on form now, thank goodness.”

Connell collects

Enniskerry made a winning debut over fences in the 2m2f Latin Quarter Beginners Chase, repelling a challenge from even-money favorites Midnight Run to give trainer Barry Connell his second Galway Festival win.

The eight-year-old hit six-and-a-half lengths and jumped well throughout, and Connell now has his sights set on December’s Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse.

A delighted Connell said: “Fences suit him, they set him better. We trained him a few times at the Curragh but he jumped like a show jumper over the two jumps in the dip. Moving on now, we’re hoping to have a potential Graded cast member on our hands. He could be a Drinmore horse.”

Yummy Tahiyra

Dermot Weld appears to have a smart filly in Tahiyra, who nailed the Rosewell trainer for the week in the 7f filly’s maiden.

The daughter of Siyouni, a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner and former stablemate Tarnawa, cleared the hill in impressive style, posting a comfortable five-and-a-half lengths.

Weld said: “She did a good job and we are happy with her. She probably has a bit more pace than Tarnawa at this point, but that’s what you’d expect from Siyouni. Let’s hope she has the wonderful courage and constitution that Tarnawa had.”

Attendance at Ballybrit on the second day of the Galway Festival totaled 13,132 compared to 14,596 in 2019.

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