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S.A.S » Festivals 2017 » Ebor Festival 2017 » Galway Festival » Elliot's Lowdown on Galway

Elliot's Lowdown on Galway

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1 Elliot's Lowdown on Galway on Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:15 pm

Mike "Acesandeights"

A year on from his first Galway Plate win, Gordon Elliott is on the trail of a first success in the Galway Hurdle, Ireland's richest hurdle race and an event in which he has gone close several times.

Timiyan, joint-second favourite for Thursday's race having won both his starts for the yard, heads his challenge, while Lord Scoundrel will be back to try to repeat last year's Plate win. A Toi Phil will also represent him in Wednesday's big race.

Elliott discusses those big-race contenders and some of his other runners at the seven-day festival which starts on Monday.

Anytime Now
5 g Beneficial - Rag's Lady
Allan Snow
RPR 103b
He's gone close on his two starts at Kilbeggan and Downpatrick, and he'll go for the 2m2½f bumper on Thursday. He's a real galloper and should handle the hill well. He's in good form and should be there or thereabouts again.

A Toi Phil
7 g Day Flight - Lucidrile
Gigginstown House Stud
RPR 152c OR 149c
The Plate has been the plan for him for some time. He's already won a good handicap – the Leopardstown Chase in January – and he's also a Grade 2 winner over fences, so he ticks plenty of boxes. He hasn't run since Punchestown in April but his preparation has gone well. He'll be going there with a realistic chance. I'm not sure about riding plans and there is a chance we might claim off him.

6 g Authorized - Red Blooded Woman
David Spratt & Kevin McMunigal
1/6320-1 Flat
345105- Hurdle
RPR 94f, OR 83f
RPR 147h OR 138h
He's versatile and will probably run twice at the meeting. Jamie Codd rides him in the Connacht Hotel Handicap on the Flat on Monday and he'll probably take his chance in the Galway Hurdle on Thursday. He won on the Flat at Leopardstown on his most recent start. He's a horse who loves hustle and bustle in his races and likes to come from off the pace.

8 g Danehill Dancer - Kindling
Core Syndicate
RPR 92, OR 76
He returned from a long absence at the Curragh last month and came out of the race well. He'll probably run in the 2m½f handicap on Wednesday and will have a massive chance if he can come back to his best. He worked well on Thursday and, given luck in running, he won't be disgraced.

6 g Balko - Moriany
Gigginstown House Stud
RPR 130h OR 120h,
RPR 126c
He won over hurdles and has been placed on both his starts over fences, running the better race when beaten a length by Blazer at Punchestown in May. He's in good form and the plan is to run him in the beginners' chase over 2m2f on Tuesday.

Canny Tom
7 g Jimble - Tombazaan
Half Two You'll Do Racing Syndicate
RPR 109h OR 106h
He deserves to win a race as he's been very consistent. He goes for the 2m½f handicap hurdle on Monday and is fit and well. He keeps finding one or two too good for him and we'll be thrilled if he gets his turn. He has a good each-way chance.

Dorans River
7 g Golan - Inch Sunset
T J Doran
RPR 133h OR 125h
He was disappointing at Roscommon last time, but it was a messy race and looking at his previous form he should have a good chance in the 2m4½f novice hurdle on Thursday. That's his target. He's won on good and heavy, so he's adaptable.

Its All Guesswork
5 g Mahler - La Lambertine
Philip J Reynolds
RPR  127h
He won a 3m maiden hurdle at Bellewstown by nine lengths last time. He jumps well and might go for the 2m4½f novice hurdle on Thursday. Good ground probably suits him best and he wouldn't want it too soft.

Lord Scoundrel
8 g Presenting - Noble Choice
Gigginstown House Stud
RPR 155c OR 156c
He did us proud last year when giving us a first Galway Plate win. He's going back to try and win the race again although it will be a tougher task this time as he's 11lb higher in the ratings. It looks a big ask and we're thinking of claiming off him. Like last year, he's going there following a good break and we're happy with him. His preparation has gone well.

5 g Big Bad Bob - Gilt Ridden
Gigginstown House Stud
RPR 133h OR 128h
He can be a bit hit and miss but on his day he's useful. He's two from six over hurdles and won at Wexford last time. He'll probably go for the 2m½f novice hurdle on Tuesday and if he runs to his best then he should have a decent chance.

Potters Point
7 g Robin Des Champs - Tango Lady
Gigginstown House Stud
RPR 133c OR 132c
He's been quite consistent over fences, winning one of his six starts and being placed on his last four attempts. He was beaten only a short head by Conrad Hastings at Killarney on his most recent start. He has a few entries and could take his chance in the Plate, if he gets into the race. If he doesn't then he'll probably go for the Grade 3 novice chase over 2m2f on Thursday.

River Boyne
2 c Dandy Man - Clytha
Nick Bradley Racing Club
RPR 60
He ran a nice race on his debut at the Curragh in the 6f maiden won by US Navy Flag. He came out of the race well and is in good order. The plan is to step him up to 7f in the median auction maiden on Friday evening.

Smiling Eliza
2 f Rock Of Gibraltar - Gift Dancer
Mrs D P Magnier
RPR 68
She's had a few runs and ran okay when fifth in a 7f maiden at Leopardstown last time. We'll probably let her take her chance in the 7f nursery on Saturday.

Steamboat Quay
6 g Milan - Sunny Native
John P McManus
RPR 109h OR 100h
He had been a bit unlucky before winning a 2m4f handicap hurdle in good style at Bellewstown earlier this month. He went up 7lb for that success and, hopefully, he'll have come on for the run. We're looking at running him in the 3m handicap hurdle on Sunday.

The Game Changer
8 g Arcadio - Gilt Ridden
Gigginstown House Stud
RPR 150h OR 140h
He's had a wind operation since he last ran at Punchestown in April. We've decided to run him in the Galway Hurdle instead of in the Plate. He hasn't run over hurdles since October and his form over fences towards the end of last season was disappointing. He's been working well and we're just hoping he performs.

6 g Ghostzapper - Timarwa
John P McManus
RPR 137h OR 135h
He's won handicap hurdles at Roscommon and Bellewstown on his two starts for us and although he's gone up 10lb for the second of those wins, he's still at the right end of the handicap for the Galway Hurdle. Good or easy ground should be fine for him. I'm not sure yet who will ride him. He's in good form and everything has gone well with him since his last run.

Water Sprite
6 m Papal Bull - Wish Upon A Star
Five Men Syndicate
RPR 81  OR 74
A versatile mare who has won three on the Flat, a couple of hurdle races and a chase and she ran well when third in a Flat handicap at Killarney a couple of weeks ago. She won a 2m½f handicap at the festival a year ago and the plan is to go back on Wednesday and try to win the same race again. She's in good form.

Westland Row
5 g Oscar - Presenting Proform
Mrs Caren Walsh & John F Doyle
RPR 129h OR 116h
He won a novice hurdle well at Ballinrobe on Tuesday and we're looking at running him in the €100,000 handicap hurdle over 2m6f on Saturday. It will be his first run in a handicap and the step up in trip will suit him. In terms of ground, he probably wouldn't want it very soft.

William B
6 g Yeats - Gallic Approach
Philip J Reynolds
RPR 125h OR 120h
He's done everything right since we got him, winning handicaps at Downpatrick and Bellewstown on his two starts for us. He's gone up 9lb for the second of those wins but he's in good form and we're hoping there will be more improvement to come. The plan is to run him in the 2m5f handicap hurdle on Wednesday.

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