Paddy Power Daily Double
The feature race at the Galway Festival on Saturday is ide open, but Little Haarth could be the answer following his emphatic nine-length win in a similar race at Ballinrobe 11 days ago.
He looked better than ever that day, building on his close second in another big-field handicap at Bellewstown on his return in late-June, and he could certainly have gone up by more than 7lb.
With top jockey Paul Townend maintaining the partnership, Little Haarth looks a good to bet to continue the record of the first half of the daily double being a a winning one for the last four days.
David Nicholls’ runner has won his last five starts, including the Scottish Stewards’ Cup at Hamilton two weeks ago. He’s progressing so quickly that he is taken to defy a further 6 lb rise in the weights in this valuable prize, which this yard won in 2000, 2005 and 2010.
Orion’s Bow has proved a revelation since being dropped back to six furlongs in May, winning off a mark of 97 last time just as easily as he’d won off 69 at the beginning of his winning streak. He’s Timeform’s top rated for this race.
He also gets on well with jockey Barry McHugh, who’s ridden him on his last three outings. The stable were among the winners recently when Kimberella – who also runs in this contest – scored at York last weekend.