For Verling, who was 36 at the time, it was the biggest win of his career and a fourth handicap hurdle success for Sabadilla
who also won four times on the Flat.
Last year, Cloone River looked set for victory on the run-in, before being nailed by Sabadilla
made steady headway a quarter of a mile from home at Ascot, but try as he might, he could not get past Greek Palace.
Greek Palace, the 2-1 favourite and conqueror of Sabadilla
in the Bessborough Handicap at Royal Ascot last month, was still travelling well when taking up the running entering the final quarter mile.
Earlier, his Killarney Murphys Handicap has been used by many former winners and two of them, Mystical City and Sabadilla
only finished 11th at the May meeting feature.
gave Verling the biggest success of his career last year and, judging by his recent fifth to Blue Away in the Murphys Handicap Hurdle at Killarney, he's primed for his bid to become the first horse since Pinch Hitter (1982-83) to do two-in-a-row in this famous race.
Star apprentice Royston Ffrench rounded off a fantastic season by winning Doncaster's Tote Credit November Handicap on 10-1 chance Sabadilla
PAT Verling scored an historic Guinness Galway Hurdle victory as a trainer-rider when Sabadilla
swooped late in yesterday's EUR170,000 feature at Ballybrit.
After the latter had thwarted the gamble on the 100-30 favourite Sabadilla
by one and a quarter lengths in the finale, Stoute said: "Trebles are a rarity, aren't they?
Lugante and Tommy Treacy emerged on top in a tight finish to the beginners' chase, in which the 14-1 shot prevailed by half a length over Sabadilla
, the 2003 Galway Hurdle winner, with Anno Jubilo three-quarters of a length back in third.
But punters were disappointed to see 14-1 outsider Sabadilla
romp home, ridden by trainer-jockey Patrick Michael Verling, 36, from Castleisland, Co Cork.
Hajr and Sabadilla
renew rivalry in the Bessborough Handicap after a ding-dong battle on Derby day, but Kieren Fallon is a good booking for Generous Libra (5.