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Five to follow for Galway

Dermot Weld has had a tremendous season so far sending out 57 winners from 233 runners. His season is very likely to get better with Galway just around the corner and getting double figures for the week is the target for the master of Rosewell. The 27 time leading Galway trainer has won the Galway Plate four times with Ansar winning it back to back in 2004/5. He won the richest hurdle In Ireland three times but the race he has most dominated, is no doubt, the 7f two year old maiden on the opening day. He is likely to send out the Prince Kahlid Abdullah owned Postulation this year, who made a promising debut in a hot Curragh maiden, however there’s no doubt he’ll be skinny odds so I have spotted a few of his horses under the radar, or other ones that can’t be missed.







Five for the Festival



1. Pirate Cove b f 2010 Lawman (FR) Uncharted Haven (GB)

OR: 67

Trainer: Dermot Weld

Entries: Thursday 12f (50-70) Handicap


This daughter of Lawman was sent off a 9/10 favourite in a weak maiden at last years festival over 7f but she drifted alarmingly that day and found the trip far too sharp. She attained a mark of 57 following two poor runs but showed signs of ability when finishing second to Six Silver Lane over an inadequate 1m at Dundalk. Her best effort to date came at Leopardstown behind the vastly improved Panama Hat who is now 35lb higher. She stayed on nicely that day and a step up to a mile and a half should bring the best out of her. She has been raised 8lb which is understandable considering how strong the form is with the third Spring Focus also following up since. She could be a mid 80’s horse and her mark of 67 makes her look very well handicapped.


2. Bobby’s Heart b g 2011 Dandy Man (IRE) Almatlaie (USA)

OR: 68

Trainer: Dermot Weld

Entries: Monday 7f 3yo (50-80) Handicap

Wednesday 1m 100yds 3yo Handicap


This son of top sprinter Dandy Man made a promising debut in a good Curragh maiden over 7f won by the high class Ebanoran. Recent Listed winner Table Rock finished second and the 102 rated Ponfeigh was in third. Impressive Killarney maiden winner Tiqris River was sixth and Bobby’s heart finished a 7L ninth at 33/1. Following that effort one would expect a country maiden would be a formality but that hasn’t been the case and he is now rated 68. He was given too much to do on his penultimate start when finishing second in a weak maiden at Dundalk. He then ran on the opening day of the flat season on soft ground and 6f, trying to make all before fading. The step up to 7f and decent surface should help, his mark of 68 underestimates him based on his first run and owner Dr Lambe loves his Galway winners. He could possibly run again on the Wednesday with a penalty and that would leave him just 1lb out of the weights.


3. Quick Jack ch g 2009 Footstepsinthesand (GB) Miss Polaris (GB)

OR: Hurdles 125 Flat 85

Trainer: Tony Martin

Entries: Monday 2m Q.R (70-100) Handicap

Thursday 2m Galway Hurdle 18 in Ballot

Friday 1m 4f Guinness Handicap


Tony Martin’s five year old has been a revelation since his second at last years festival off a mark of just 64. He has vastly improved since in both codes, winning over hurdles at Cheltenham and finishing second in the November handicap at Leopardstown off 83. He hasn’t been seen since his third in the Boylesports hurdle at Leopardstown off a mark of 119. He was a very well backed 7/4 favourite that day, so connections must believe he’s a lot better than his current mark but off of 125 he’s unlikely to make the cut in the richest handicap hurdle. He has been put away to be kept fresh for the festival and running here looks a long term plan. There are other lucrative prizes to be won with him including the feature 2 mile Q.R Handicap on the opening day where he’s guaranteed to get in. There’s still room off his current flat mark of 85 and this five year old hasn’t stopped improving. A sound surface is important to him and he could run twice in the week, with the opening handicap hurdle on the Friday a possible second engagement. I expect him to go close wherever he runs.



4. Show Court b g 2009 Vinnie Roe (IRE) Sparkling Gem (IRE)

OR: Flat 87

Trainer: Dermot Weld

Entries: Friday 1m 4f Guinness Handicap


This lightly raced son of Vinnie Roe easily opened his account in a Leopardstown maiden and his handicap mark hasn’t changed much since. He’s entered in the Guinness Handicap on the Friday, which he finished third in last year and he looks primed for the race after a pipe opener at the Curragh recently. He travelled very smoothly that day only to fade late on over a trip too short and he finished last of six. That run can be forgotten about and on his penultimate run when he was a close second at Leopardstown. He is 3lb lower than last year and he goes to Ballybrit with a big chance.


5. Thomas Edison b g 2007 Danehill Dancer (IRE) Bright Bank (IRE)

OR: Hurdles 135 Flat 93

Trainer: Tony Martin

Entries: Thursday 2m Galway Hurdle


This horse has been very unlucky in the top 2m handicap hurdles, whether it was the ground or being brought down/ hampered, he luckily gets in nicely off 135 and carries a nice weight of 10-6. He has won twice on the flat at the Curragh recently, thus proving he’s in good form and his trainer Tony Martin must have had this race mapped out for him a long time ago. He was well fancied for the race last year as Champion jockey A P McCoy rode him but the ground was too soft after heavy rain. His penultimate run was eyecatching at Punchestown finishing well to take 5th place in a very competitive handicap hurdle. He was given a lot to do that day and did well to finish where he did. JP McManus hasn’t won the Galway Hurdle yet and would love to finally land the lucrative prize. A decent surface is vital to him and if Tony McCoy rides he could start favourite.


By Sean Jackson / Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire


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