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DREAM WALKER leads home 1-2-3 in ‘Ahonoora’

Dream Walker, Baraweez & Be Kool: Galway yesterday

A truly awesome result with a fourth successive victory in the ‘Ahonoora’ Handicap at Galway yesterday as DREAM WALKER led home Baraweez and Be Kool in an amazing 1-2-3 for the yard.

Chris Hayes once again partnered Dream Walker, winner of the race last year, and as they set a strong gallop up front in testing conditions, Dream Walker was settled out the back before making good progress two out. He stayed on strongly in the final half furlong to get up close home.

Baraweez (Billy Lee) and Be Kool (Ben Robinson) were ridden handy with Be Kool taking up the running inside the final furlong before being headed by Baraweez. But Dream Walker stayed on strongly to score by half a length with Chris Hayes clearly as delighted as we were as he crossed the line!

Baraweez claimed back-to-back renewals of the €100,000 prize in 2014 and 2015 and finished fifth behind Dream Walker 12 months ago.

Dream Walker bounced back to form following some disappointing runs this year to finish third in the BMW Mile earlier in the week and Baraweez finished a respectable sixth in the race after racing a little too free.

Be Kool went into the race in great form too and was second reserve at declarations so obviously we were thrilled he got a run.

Talking on At The Races, Brian said: “Dream Walker just seems to come alive here. To come from last like he did is unreal. I honestly thought on better ground Baraweez would win, but probably the ground just found him out.

“It's great for Baraweez to come back here four years in a row and Dream Walker has now won it two years in a row. It's a matter of keeping them right and keeping their heads right.

“Dream Walker has never lifted a leg this year, but when he comes into form he's great. He obviously loves it here.

“I think Baraweez will come back for the race on Irish Champions Weekend he won three years ago, and on good ground he'll be a better horse.”

Chris Hayes said: “Dream Walker is a right horse. He loves it here. He handles the ground. The harder they go the better he finishes. He didn’t travel as well as he did last year but he finished off even better so it was great.

“I got a lovely run. He’s game and genuine and loves it around here.

Regarding the stewards enquiry afterwards, Chris said he was never worried: “Dream Walker was the best horse on the day. If anything would have happened we would have been very unlucky. It’s tiresome ground. It’s Galway.”

“I’ve been riding for Brian a long time and he saved my bacon last year and he’s done it again this year. I’ve had a frustrating week with a couple of seconds and thirds and it’s just nice to get a nice pot at the end of the week.

“ I hope he brings him over again next year!”