With the owners of St Stephens Green being from Galway, they always love a local course winner so this is a big week for them.
This horse arrives here off the back of a win in a very competitive handicap in the Curragh off a mark of 81. He’s been to Galway twice and ran very well on both occasions.
He’s a 131-rated hurdler so that puts him right up there with the opposition, while the trip should be ideal and with a clear round we expect him to go very close.
With two wins and two thirds from four starts around Galway, Dream Walker comes into this having had a couple of starts for his new trainer Jarlath Fahey last month.
He should be fine over an extended mile, considering he came from a long way back last year to finish a running on third.
He’s drawn nicely in Stall 8 and with Chris Hayes – who knows him so well – back on board he should go well at around 14/1.
If you’re looking back to horses who’ve run well around Galway in the past, Delegating is one. He was placed off a 3lbs higher mark at last year’s festival and he looks to have been laid out for this having had a lovely run four weeks ago at the Curragh (a race that’s worked out well).
He’s drawn very well in Stall 2 and with a promising apprentice in Dylan Hogan taking the ride, he’s one who should run a good race.