Grand Prix meet concludes at Ballabuidhe Festival - Tuesday 2nd August 2016.

Hail Spartacus and Patrick Hill won a thrilling Murphy/Coman Beverages Grand Prix at the final day of the 2016 Festival in Ballabuidhe. The final was cancelled on Monday but for once the Sun shone to enable racing to go ahead.

Hail Spartacus winner of the Murphy/Coman Beverage Grand Prix in the Presentation area.

Cruise Howard was a warm favourite despite a Fifty yard Handicap. Supreme Sunshine took up the running after three furlongs from Lakeview Walter. With two circuits to race Timmy O' Leary had moved Cruise Howard alongside the leader and hit the front with five furlongs to pace. Urged on by the partisan local crowd Cruise Howard had gone three lengths clear. Heading into the final quarter of a mile Hill arrived on the scene and led over the road crossing. Turning for home Hail Spartacus was now in full flow and ran out a four length winner from Supreme sunshine with Cruise Howard another three lengths back in third.

Hail Spartacus with Patrick Hill on their way to winning the Murphy /Coman Grand Prix.

The winner, a seven year old son of Swingman and Meadowbranch Katie was bred by Hillside Farms which is owned by Pete Hill (Patricks Father). "Its great to win with one you bred yourself" stated Hill to the post race press briefing. "We will enjoy tonight but its back to farming in the morning."

Sunnyside Kildare took the second final The Paddy Connolly Memorial. Gadgie Pan led for most of the journey but Donal Murphy set "Kildare" alight with a half mile remaining and was in cruise control from here to the finish. The winner is owned by Sean Buckley and trained by Tadhg Murphy. The Red John Memorial is next on the menu for this son of Bear Dance.

Sunnyside Kildare and Donal murphy winning the Paddy Connolly Memorial pace.

There was three maiden paces on the day. See You Later with Jason O' Reilly saw off newcomer IB A Magician in the opener. O' Reilly was denied a double by his brother Matt in the next, Matt on I Told you So beating his sibling aboard Hawthorns Omerta.

I Told You So and Matt O' Reilly in the Grade G Pace.

Armoured Bear with John Boyle was a six length winner and now steps up to the handicap proper.

Action From the Grade G & G1 Pace.

Adagio De Cebe made it two wins on the bounce in the Low Grade trot while Rocky Atout notched up another win in the high grade division of the trot.

Adagio De Cebe and Mike Kelleher winner of the Low Grade Tot.

Tyson Howard who had run well in his last two starts went one better today with John Manning Jnr doing the steering.

Tyson Howard and John Manning Jnr winning at Ballabuidhe.

The Festival came to a close with IB Mohican and Seamus Quill winning by three lengths.

Next Sunday The Corn Field Oval in Manch is the venue with all eyes after that focusing on the Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend in Portmarnock.

By Tim Kelleher.

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