2 Aug 2017 Race Previews

We have two runners in the opening maiden hurdle over 2 miles. Castello Sforza (Barry Geraghty) hasn’t run since the Martin Pipe Conditionals Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival but he did win the Tattersalls Sales Bumper at Fairyhouse first time out. He might prefer a longer trip but on his best form he would have a definite chance here. Minella Beau (Ruby) is making his hurdling debut but he does have point to point jumping experience. His owner likes to have runners in Galway and he is fit and ready for action.

Exchange Rate (Patrick) goes for the 1m 4f QR Maiden. He won a bumper at Downpatrick three weeks ago and the drop back in trip here shouldn’t be a problem. He is in good form and we are expecting a very good run.

We run five in the Galway Plate over 2m 6f. Ballycasey (Patrick) has a lot to do with top-weight and this trip is a little further than his best. He will like the ground and should run well. Alelchi Inois (Brian Hayes) ran well in this race last year but hasn’t had the same preparation this time round. Hopefully Galway might revitalise him. Shaneshill (Ruby) has been better this season over hurdles and hopefully the switch back to fences will pay dividends. Arbre De Vie (David Mullins) has not won over fences yet but has plenty of experience. He jumps well and has definite each-way prospects. Haymount (Paul) did well in the Irish National and ran better than his finishing position would suggest. The drop back in trip and summer ground will be a significant help.

Wood Breizh (Leigh Roche) is in the 2 mile flat handicap. He ran a great race under today’s rider over 1m 6f at Bellewstown last month and we think he will go close here.


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