There was a strong Meath connection to this evenings winner of the Galway Plate, Ash Tree Meadow.

The horse, ridden superbly by Danny Gilligan, turned in a fine front running display to improve on last years fourth place in the same event.

It is trained by Longwood based Gordon Elliot and owned by Beauparc man Eamon Waters.

All went to plan in a campaign a year in the making and planning. The  biggest threat was from the riderless Andy Dufresne owned by JP McManus.

It was a remarkable ride by the seven pound claimer, he kept  his head and showed great maturity all the way round and particularly up the hill and the last furlong home having led from the off.

There is  no doubt there’ll will be a bit of celebration by ‘the wild Meath men’ as described by a member of the  commentary team.

Ash Tree Meadow

Coming up the famous Galway hill with jockey Danny

Gilligan in complete control.

Eamonn and Robert Waters with the Galway Plate. Trainer Gordon Elliot and young Galway amateur Danny Gilligan also in the presentation.