Baraweez back for more in Mile feature at Galway

Brian Ellison’s runner contests handicap highlight for fifth time

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Race regular Baraweez is back for another crack at the valuable Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap at Galway on Tuesday.

Brian Ellison’s eight-year-old first ran in the race back in 2014 when he finished third to Vastonea before he won the “Ahonoora” Handicap four days later.

In 2015 he achieved his best placing in the race when agonisingly reeled in by Hint Of A Tint, only to win the “Ahonoora” once again, then 12 months later he finished fifth in both races.

Last year he finished sixth to Riven Light in the Mile and second in the “Ahonoora” and Ellison is hoping he will enjoy his return to Galway.

“This will be his fifth year at Galway, he loves it there,” said Ellison.

“Unfortunately the draw hasn’t been very kind to him this year, he’s stuck out in 16, but he’s in good form.

“He might be eight now, but he’s won twice at Chester already this season and he’s rated 100 again, which he was four years ago. He’s kept his form remarkably well.

“He just goes out in the paddock most days and that keeps him sweet.

“They’ve had a bit of rain, but it shouldn’t bother him. I’m looking forward to it.”

Last year’s winner Riven Light goes again for Willie Mullins and he will be ridden by Danny Mullins, who is better known for his exploits over jumps.

Brendan Bracken was triumphant in 2013 for Ger Lyons and he is one of two runners for the trainer this time along with the well-fancied Inscribe.

Dream Walker, who used to be trained by Ellison and has won the “Ahonoora” twice, makes his Galway debut for Jarlath Fahey.

Aidan O’Brien runs Bond Street while Saltonstall and Massif Central represent Mick Halford.

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