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Paddy’s fears a bashing if The Shunter demolishes his rivals at the Galway Races.
One of the stars of last season, The Shunter was in prolific form winning five times from nine starts including the Grade 3 Paddy Power Plate at March’s Cheltenham Festival.
The Emmet Mullins-trained bay gelding is expected to return to the track in Wednesday’s Galway Plate after an 88-day break, although a spin over hurdles at Ballybrit is a possibility.
We’ll have a firm idea of The Shunter‘s plans when final decs for the Plate are revealed on Monday – but Paddy’s already concerned by the prospect of the popular eight-year-old romping to another victory.
“The Shunter is a horse with major pulling power as far as the bookies are concerned,” a Paddy Power spokesperson said.
“We’ve paid the price underestimating the Emmet Mullins-trained charge over the winter, and he could cost us dearly if he pulls off another win in whichever of the big races he goes for.”
The Shunter was snapped up by JP McManus on the eve of his Grade 1 debut in the Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree in April before going on to place second.
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The Limerick-born businessman also has plenty of potential runners in Thursday’s valuable Galway Hurdle as he attempts to land the top prizes at the seven-day Summer Festival.
Paddy’s spokesperson added: “When it comes to the two big races on Wednesday and Thursday though, our focus will be firmly upon owner JP McManus and his string of runners and we have him as a 4/1 shot to win both.”
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