CORK RACING NEWS
Jody Townend, younger sister of Ireland’s champion jump jockey Paul Townend, was the star of the show on the first night of the Galway festival on Monday.
She landed the Connacht Hotel Amateur Riders Handicap on Great White Shark, only nine months after suffering serious back injuries.
The 21-year-old from Midelton brought the Willie Mullins-trained mare, a well-supported 8-1 shot, on the outside from well off the pace to land the feature race by a length and three-quarters.
Jody’s brother Paul also had a great week at Galway as he helped himself to six winners. Fast Buck did the business for Mullins and Paul Townend in the Listed Colm Quinn BMW Novice Hurdle on Tuesday, justifying 2-1 favouritism in the process, and the same combination teamed up for victories on Diamond Hill, Foveros, Wicklow Brave, Minella Beau and Yorkhill later in the week.