Cove fits the Galway bill
Veteran Ballybrit specialist Fit The Cove won the Galway Shopping Centre Handicap for the second time - eight years after his first success.
Now a 12-year-old, Fit The Cove was winning for the fifth time at Galway and made great use of a plum draw in the hands of Chris Hayes.
Sent off the 3-1 favourite, he won by two and a half lengths.
Winning trainer Harry Rogers said: "He loves it around here. A mile stretched him the last day.
"He got the run of the race today. He still retains his enthusiasm and has his engine.
"He is in at Sligo on Wednesday and he'll probably run there."
Paddy O'Dee put up a bold front-running display to waltz away with the feature event, the Connacht Tribune Handicap Chase.
Racing from 1lb out of the handicap, Mark Enright set out to make full use of his very light weight and his rivals did not see which way he went.
Philip Rothwell's 10-1 chance was in splendid isolation turning into the straight and beat Darenjan by 28 lengths.
"I'm thrilled to bits. I always believed if he snuck in off a light weight in one of these type of races that there was a good race in him," said Rothwell.
"The winning distance was no reflection on how well handicapped he was as he got things his own way and things worked out really well.
"He deserved a bit of luck."
Shadow Eile (2-1 favourite) notched up her second win at the Festival from three runs in the Easyfix EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle.
Having finished eighth on Monday she then won on the Flat on Friday and showed her versatility in winning by four and a half lengths under Andrew McNamara.
Trainer Dot Love's assistant Ciaran Murphy said: "She was in super form. When you have mares and they are right, we decided to run her again.
"Things didn't go right on Monday, but she didn't have a hard race. She travels so well and we might pick out a nice flat race in autumn like the Cesarewitch or the November Handicap.
"In the meantime she'll go over hurdles at Killarney and long-term the mares hurdle at Cheltenham is the main plan. She wants ground on the easy side of good."
Shay Slevin's Tabhachtach (8-1) came out best in a tight finish to the Galway Bay FM Beginners Chase.
Ridden by his son, amateur rider Mark, the five-year-old held off The Great Shanghai by half a length and foiled a gamble on the runner-up.
"I was a bit worried about the ground coming here but I'd now say that the ground was probably ideal in that it wasn't too deep," said Slevin snr.
"He ran well at Limerick the last day and this was just his second run over fences so he is entitled to improve. He is young, big and brave and jumps for fun and he may run in a novice next."
Georgie sprang a 28-1 surprise in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle under Conor Maxwell.
"I'm delighted. We have the horse a long time and I thought the ground was too soft today," said local trainer Martin Cullinane.
"We are only 15 minutes down the road. The horse is in fairly good form so we decided to take our chance today.
"He got an absolutely brilliant ride."
Dermot Weld drew a blank on the final day meaning he ended the Festival with nine winners.