GALWAY RACES: Sharjah’s Day in Thursday Hurdle Recap 


Willie Mullins maintained his stranglehold on the 2018 Galway Races as Sharjah came out from the pack to take the Guinness Galway Hurdle on Thursday (2nd August). 

It was his third winner of the day to take the €300,000 prize at 12/1 on Patrick Mullins.  Earlier, Minella Beau delivered in the opening race with Ruby Walsh.  And Calie du Mesnil was successful in the Novice Hurdle at 4pm through Danny Mullins before Patrick Mullins brought home Sharjah.

The weather proved difficult for many horses but also was a challenge in the Ladies Day competitions before the winners were announced.  Charlene Byers from Co. Down was the winner of the ‘Best Dressed’ Competition while Kilkenny’s Moira O’Toole won the ‘Best Hat.’

Other winners on the day included Rasheen, Honor Oak and Yulong Gold Fairy.  Trainers Colin Kidd, Tom Hogan and Dermot Weld respectively saw their horses come home by Davy Russell, Billy Lee and Shane Foley.

Billy Lee also enjoyed his own double as he rode John Joseph Hanlon’s Camlann to glory in the penultimate race. And You Raised Me Up took the spoils in the final race.

Our luck didn’t return as only one winner came in for the Galway Daily Tipsters after kicking off with a one-two in the first race through Minella Beau and second placed Caltax.

The fifth day sees action returns to the evening (Friday) with racing beginning at 5.10pm with seven races and the last starting at 8.25pm.

The feature is the €100000.00 Guinness Handicap which goes to post at 6.50pm. 


Thursday Results 


1.40 Guinness Beginners Steeplechase  

Winner – MINELLA BEAU – 6/4f 

2.15 Open Gate Brewery Novice Steeplechase  

Winner – RASHAAN – 6/1 

2.50 Rockshore Handicap  

Winner – HONOR OAK – 11/2 

3.25 Arthur Guinness Irish EBF Corrib Fillies Stakes  

Winner – YULONG GOLD FAIRY – 13/8F 

4.00 Guinness Novice Hurdle  

Winner – CALIE DU MESNAL – 8/1 

4.35 Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap  

Winner – SHARJAH – 12/1 

5.15 Open Gate Pure Brew Handicap  

Winner – CAMLANN – 9/2 

5.50 Good Time for A Guinness Flat Race  

Winner – YOU RAISED ME UP – 9/4