Galileo Silver showed improved form to get off the mark in good style on his handicap debut at Kempton last year, his final outing on the Flat, and though he showed very little on his debut over hurdles at Ascot in November, he shaped much better having been stepped up in trip when fifth at Wincanton in January, not beaten too far by some useful sorts.
He is still very low-mileage and his Flat form suggests he can do better still, so he is a confident selection to open his account in this code on his first run since joining Sam Thomas’s yard.
It may have taken De Barley Basket four runs to get off the mark in Irish points, but he made appeal on paper ahead of his Rules debut and shaped well for a long way, ultimately fading into fifth.
He shaped with minor promise on his two subsequent outings over hurdles, but he appeals as the type to do much better now faced with handicap company. He has also recently undergone a wind operation, and with Ben Pauling having already sent out two winners from his six runners this month, De Barley Basket looks worth chancing to improve past an opening mark of 94.
A winner in both the point and hurdle disciplines, Down The Highway produced easily his best effort over fences to date when third at Uttoxeter in January. Emma Lavelle’s charge was gambled on under top claimer Ben Jones and fared a lot better than he previously had in this sphere.
He is well handicapped if able to build on that performance, and with Lavelle’s inmates in good form at present, he could be worth chancing in a trappy affair.
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