Airlie Beach’s connections consider final run


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Connections of Airlie Beach have hinted that she may race on after her solid showing in Thursday’s Galway Hurdle.

The seven-year-old did well to finish third in Ireland this week and connections are considering their options for the rest of the season.

Airlie Beach won her first seven races for the Supreme Horse Racing Club but she has disappointed in her last few outings.

Poor runs at the Cheltenham Festival and at Fairyhouse in the spring caused some doubt, but she responded with a second-placed finish in the Mares Champion Hurdle at Punchestown.

Trainer Willie Mullins then ran her on the flat for the first time in July at Killarney and a third-placed finish impressed the legendary trainer.

Another place has got connections excited for the end of the season and Airlie Beach can be run until the end of September.

Steve Massey, racing manager for the owners, said: “It was another great run from her and we’re all extremely proud. “She’s been an absolute star for us.

We didn’t pay much for her when we bought her from Patrick (Mullins) and we could never have imagined that she’d end up winning seven races, including a Grade One, as well as finishing second to Apple’s Jade and third in a Galway Hurdle.

“We’ll obviously see how she comes out of the race, but there’s every chance she could run again if she’s in good form.

“Having won a bumper and done so well over hurdles, it would be great to see her win a Flat race somewhere before she calls it a day.”

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