Dream Walker rises from '˜the '˜scrapheap'

BRIAN ELLISON recorded his second success at the Galway Festival when Dream Walker flew home to land the feature Irish Stallion Farms EBF '˜Ahonoora' Handicap.

Dream Walker with (left to right) jockey Chris Hayes and owners Keith and Joan Brown in the parade ring after winning The Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund 'Ahonoora' Handicap during day seven of the Galway Festival in Ballybrit, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 31, 2016. See PA story RACING Galway. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Malton trainer, who recently saddled his 1,000th victory, was winning this race for a third successive year.

Dream Walker is owned by Swanland-based Keith Brown, whose colours continue to be carried with distinction by Top Notch Tonto, who was second on Tuesday.

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Good ground meant the white-faced horse did not line up in yesterday’s contest, as intended.

Ellison praised winning jockey Chris Hayes, saying: “They started racing from a fair way out and Chris used his head.

“He sat and then got all the breaks. He’s a class jockey.

“This horse had a bad draw on Thursday when fourth, but when he’s here we thought he might as well run.

“We let him out on Friday and he was bucking and kicking, and in great form.

“Five runs ago this horse was on the scrapheap.

“He’d a wind operation that didn’t work, and we said we’d give him one more run with a tongue strap.

“He finished second and has won two good races at home since. He has got more confidence now.”

Ellison also struck at the meeting with Our Kylie on Wednesday.

“We’ve had a great week. Every horse we’ve had here has run great, it’s been a good week,” he added.