We start with at 17.10 with a 2m 5f Maiden Hurdle which should really suit Diamond Hill. She won at Bellewstown earlier this month over 2m 1f and the step up in trip should allow her to get into a better rhythm when jumping.
She can hopefully get the evening off to a good start for Willie Mullins.
The 2m 5f handicap hurdle at 17.40 is very competitive and Castle North has been a little inconsistent. I’ve no strong opinion on the race but two who could have place claims are Cooldine Bog and Adimelo.
There’s a 2m Mares handicap hurdle at 18.10 where Emmet Mullins’ Dolly Dancer or Paul Nolan’s Miss Sassie should give a good account of themselves at each-way prices while Buildmeupbuttercup looks to have plenty in hand in terms of ratings on her rivals in the 1m 4f Maiden at 18.45 but is long odds on.
The Galway Plate at 19.20 is the feature race on day three and one of the highlights of the week. There’s lots with chances. Paul Nicholls sends over Black Corton and the top weight should give a good account of himself. Whether he’s quick enough to get a prominent position early in a race like this is a worry though. Paul’s other runner Modus could be really well handicapped, if his jumping holds up.
Peregrine Run has been in great form this summer but as a result has shot up the handicap and has plenty of weight to carry.
Gordon Elliott has five runners. Mengli Khan is the class act, but his performances can be as unreliable as the weather. Barra looked to have the Midlands National in the bag when falling at the last in Kilbeggan 12 days ago. She lay down for a long time after that fall and could have been getting empty towards the end. Borice heads the market for the yard, but while his English form is decent, his two runs in Ireland leave a lot to be desired.
Willie has three entered, the most intriguing being Yorkhill. He’s dropped a good bit in the weights, is in good form but going right-handed has always been an issue for him. Paul Townend rides. Pravalaguna could run a good race if Danny Mullins can settle her into a nice rhythm, while Pylonthepressure gets in as first reserve and his run behind Peregrine Run gives him a chance.
Of the others, Poker Party had some good runs last season and ran in the Novice Handicap Chase at Punchestown which has proved a fair guide to the Galway Plate in the past, while The West’s Awake was a novice last season and has the right profile for Edward O’Grady and Bryan Cooper. while Modus could be really well handicapped if his jumping holds up. Snugsborough Benny is a hold-up horse and could be finishing strongly from off the pace
The West’s Awake was a novice last season and has the right profile for Edward O’Grady and Bryan Cooper while Modus could be really well handicapped if his jumping holds up. Snugsborough Benny is a hold-up horse and could be finishing strongly from off the pace.
The one I fancy to run a big race is the Enda Bolger-trained Movewiththetimes – who used to be trained by Paul Nicholls – and gets in as the second reserve.
He has a lovely low racing weight and should have a great chance.
I’ve an interest in the 2m finale at 20.30 as my wife is a part-owner of Eight and Bob. I’m hoping he wins but Willie Mullins’ other runner Scaglietti could be a big danger.
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