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Donal Murphy

Donal Murphy

Straightforward for Swan in Galway opener

Tue 7th Sep 2021, 16:22

Swan Bay is ridden out by Shane Crosse
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Swan Bay registered

A straightforward success in the opener at Galway, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

A fast-finishing second on debut at the Curragh last month, the Joseph O'Brien trained bay was expected to go

A place better today and was sent off the 8/13 favourite from early shows of 6/4.

Bought for 110,000 pounds as

A yearling, the son of Australia raced in

A share of the lead with market rival Anchorage (3/1).

He edged to the front

A furlong and

A half from home and extended his advantage when ridden inside the final furlong, going on to score by five lengths under Shane Crosse.

A was responsible for the second and third, with Anchorage two-and-a-half lengths in front of stable companion Sun King (13/2).

Brendan Powell, assistant trainer to Joseph O'Brien, said: "He got done for

A bit of toe at the Curragh when he stayed on nicely. He has come out today and Shane got him in

A nice place. Shane said he hung

A little off the bend but it was only greenness.

"He carries his head

A bit high but is

A tall, big baby and will be

A way better three-year-old. Shane said the ground is

A little on the slow side and that helped him as well.


A doubt he will be

A stakes horse and I loved the way he pulled away at the end. He stayed very well and please God there is

A nice future for him."

Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes

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