Fortune once again favoured Athenry Show’s brave move to its May date when a sweltering Sunday brought out another bumper crowd. Even the Galway vs Kilkenny hurling match did not adversely affect attendance and although the ‘Cats’ lost out in Salthill, the county scored one win in the west when Dermott Molloy’s three-year-old Showman (Prescotts Diamond) was the Irish Draught champion.

“He stood out and I wish that a lot of people buying Draughts would look for a horse like him, that’s what an Irish Draught looks like, not a horse with light legs. That’s a half-bred,” said judge Cyril McDermott.