Chief takes charge at Galway
A review of the rest of Thursday's action from the Galway Festival, where Aranhill Chief won under Denis O'Regan.
Trainer Stephen Mahon and jockey Denis O'Regan teamed up to land the opening event on day four of the Galway Festival as Aranhill Chief claimed top honours in the GuinnessPlus App Beginners Chase.
The seven-year-old was a 12/1 shot, having snapped a year-long losing run over hurdles at Bellewstown in early July, and his jumping impressed as he held off the challenge of Thomond by two lengths.
But the race will perhaps be best remembered for a remarkable recovery by dual champion jockey Davy Russell.
Russell was catapulted into the air when his mount, Vaxalco, made a bad mistake four fences from the finish.
And though the rider landed on the horse sideways, he somehow managed to get back on to the saddle and steer the grey home to finish fourth.
Mahon said: "The horse is in the Galway Blazers tomorrow and we'll see how he is."
Willie Mullins and Paul Townend secured their third winner of the week as Alelchi Inois readily completed a hat-trick in the Guinness Harp Novice Chase.
The six-year-old was an 8/11 favourite following recent triumphs at Tramore and Killarney and drew clear of Howwoulduno with the minimum of fuss.
"He's a huge horse and you'd think he'd like a bit of give in the ground, but he loves this fast ground and he was impressive," said Mullins.
"He seems to have a lot of scope and a lot of ability, but he is ground dependant.
"We'll keep going as long as we can. I would imagine we'll try and find a novice for him in Killarney and maybe Listowel if the weather holds."