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Big digs deep for Browne McMonagle

Big Island and Dylan Browne McMonagle get home in frontBig Island and Dylan Browne McMonagle get home in front
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Big Island ground out a game victory in the KONE Handicap at Galway for trainer John Feane. Starting Monday made a bold bid from the front in the mile contest but was claimed by Big Island just inside the final furlong.

The Canford Cliffs gelding found plenty for Dylan Browne McMonagle in the closing stages to record a half length win over Cisco Disco

5/1 shot Big Island was recording his second win of the campaign and had been placed on his two most recent outings.

"He ran a cracker in a 0-100 the last day when a couple of pounds out of the handicap and we thought the ground would suit here,” said Feane.

"He got a good lead from Billy Lee (on Starting Monday) and it gave him something to aim at and was doing enough in the last furlong. Dylan is two from two on him.

"He likes a cut in the ground and hopefully he could be an Irish Lincoln horse next year."

(Quotes by Tom Weekes)

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About Gary Carson
Gary started out as a trainee/assistant journalist with the Sporting Life newspaper and has worked in the racing industry for over 25 years. He has been with the Press Association since 2013 and won the Irish Field Nap Table in 2016. He enjoys working with horses and trained his own horse, Mamaslittlestar, to win a point-to-point in 2019.