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  • #12102
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    Was disappointed with a few of the rides given to Wins Now as a novice in the past two seasons – taken very wide, held up behind poor jumpers etc. but today’s win at Tipperary exuded confidence – was a short enough price but looks to have turned a corner and will be well handicapped for the big one.

    Took some 16’s straight after the race and a big, unexposed chasing type is what you need for the Galway Plate IMO.

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    (4:25) 195D William Hill Galway Plate (Grade A)
    €150,500.00 ( 2m 6f – 4yo+ )[MAX 22]
    NHFrm
    11341 1 Deutschland (USA)(146) (WPMullins) – ………….. 11,10
    -530- 2 Hoo La Baloo (FR)(143) (PFNicholls (in GB)) – . ………………. 11,07
    D7111 3 Royal County Star(143) (AJMartin) – 11,07
    196-3 4 Kerryhead Windfarm(142) (AMaguire) – . ………….. 11,06
    12p24 5 Church Island(141) (MHourigan) – …. 11,05
    f-340 6 Northern Alliance(140) (AJMartin) – . 11,04
    -1u62 7 Majestic Concorde(138) (DKWeld) – 11,02
    8 Lord Jay Jay(137) (MissVWilliams (in GB)) – . ………………. 11,01
    3-825 9 Oodachee (GB)(136) (CFSwan) – . …. 11,00
    2-470 10 Emotional Article(135) (TJTaaffe) – . 10,13
    f04-7 11 Don’t Be Bitin(134) (CAMurphy) – ….. 10,12
    4-034 12 French Accordion(134) (PNolan) – … 10,12
    87112 13 Backstage (FR)(133) (GElliott) – …….. 10,11
    218f- 14 King Troy(132) (AKing (in GB)) – ……. 10,10
    p-651 15 Ballyholland(131) (CAMcBratney) – .. 10,09
    pu-39 16 Bothar Na(131) (WPMullins) – . ………. 10,09
    17 Roby De Cimbre (FR)(131) (PFNicholls (in GB)) – . 10,09
    3///- 18 Tell Henry(131) (MTodhunter (in GB)) – . …………………… 10,09
    10514 19 Washington Lad(131) (PAFahy) – ….. 10,09
    3u125 20 Jaamid (GB)(130) (NMeade) – ……….. 10,08
    1p-91 21 Oscar India(130) (Hde Bromhead) – . 10,08
    fp-0f 22 Cool Running(129) (CRoche) – ……… 10,07
    23 Crozan (FR)(129) (MrsSJSmith (in GB)) – . …………………… 10,07
    ////- 24 Native Coral(127) (NGRichards (in GB)) – . …………………… 10,05
    -3660 25 Reisk Superman(127) (AJMartin) – … 10,05
    35006 26 Tumbling Dice(127) (TJTaaffe) – . ….. 10,05
    03211 27 Decoy Daddy(126) (AMullins) – ……… 10,04
    59750 28 Justpourit(126) (DTHughes) – ……….. 10,04
    -4193 29 Knock On The Head(126) (JCrowley) – ……………. 10,04
    -5p47 30 Callow Lake(125) (PAFahy) – ………… 10,03
    81-63 31 Hill Fairy (GB)(125) (JMorrison) – …… 10,03
    -p51f 32 Line Ball(125) (CRoche) – . ……………. 10,03
    01-04 33 Nine O(125) (PNeville) – ………………… 10,03
    -8526 34 Green Mile (GB)(124) (AJMartin) – …. 10,02
    01123 35 Aggie’s Lad(123) (AJMartin) – ……….. 10,01
    bf564 36 Anothercoppercoast(123) (PARoche) – . ………….. 10,01
    17-19 37 Keys Pride(123) (SRyan) – . …………… 10,01
    1f-02 38 On The Other Hand(123) (CFSwan) . 10,01
    1326- 39 Clew Bay Lodge(122) (CAMurphy) – 10,00
    19594 40 Battle Axe(121) (JJLennon) – . ………… 9,13
    -0430 41 Piano Star (GB)(121) (MCunningham) – . ……. 9,13
    262-0 42 Wins Now (GB)(121) (NMadden) – ….. 9,13
    00740 43 Macs Flamingo(119) (PAFahy) – …….. 9,11
    7-903 44 Changing Course(118) (Hde Bromhead) – . …………… 9,10
    0-03- 45 Jawad(118) (Ms.JMorgan) – ……………. 9,10
    u-f35 46 Sorry Al(118) (CFSwan) – ………………. 9,10
    53112 47 Flemross(117) (RTJWilson) – …………. 9,09
    203-1 48 Jasmin D’Oudairies (FR)(117) (WPMullins) – …………… 9,09
    16b22 49 Retrievethelegend(117) (JTRDreaper) – ………… 9,09
    6-801 50 Surenaga(117) (WJBurke) – . ………….. 9,09
    -1335 51 Aoife Costa(116) (PJGilligan) – . ……… 9,08
    53300 52 Mustangsallyrally(114) (TMullins) – … 9,06
    3-432 53 Marhaba Million(113) (EMcNamara) . 9,05
    5-873 54 Artiste Bay (FR)(112) (EGriffin) – . …… 9,04
    66-p2 55 Hot Port(112) (EMcNamara) – . ……….. 9,04
    -0331 56 Third Level Tom (GB)(112) (CByrnes) – ……………… 9,04
    82422 57 Dream Champion (GB)(111) (AJMartin) – . ……………. 9,03
    59691 58 Laura’s Light(110) (DTHughes) – ……. 9,02
    35f26 59 Shan Brogeen(107) (MKeane) – ……… 8,13
    f64-5 60 Banna Man(106) (TJO’Mara) – ………… 8,12
    6-2u2 61 Janeylad(102) (WGMcMahon) – . …….. 8,08
    9351b 62 Tubber Gael Holly(98) (MHourigan) – . 8,04

    I have already outlined in the Galway Hurdle thread why I hope Willie aims Deutschland for the hurdle race. Paul Nicholls has said that he intends running Hoo La Baloo so that should ensure there won’t be a huge upward shift in the weights. It looks a very difficult race on paper and to be honest I can’t believe the other Nicholls horse is 5/1 with William Hills.

    Church Island is high enough in the weights but he looked a completely different animal when Hourigan put the blinds on in both the Irish National and the Whitbred at Sandown. If he’s left blaze a trail up front on his own, he might be hard to peg back. Another horse I’ve a big soft spot for his a former Hourigan inmate, Kerryhead Windfarm. I’ve followed him ever since he chased home Asian Maze at a huge price at the Punchestown Festival a few years back and he’s been good to me ever since. I can’t believe Adrian Maguire is considering running him here after the way he ran at Galway last year though. I’d prefer to see him aimed at Listowel where I feel he’d be able to get into a better rhythm with his jumping but if he does pitch up in the Plate I’d have to have a sentimental bet on him.

    Nothing really jumps off the page for me so far looking at this race and you might be right with Wins Now IS. If he can get back to his hurdles form of a few years ago than he’d be thrown in off 121. Whether he’ll get into the race is another matter though. If you were to guarantee quick ground on Wednesday week then I’d be looking to have a small interest in French Accordion e/w at 25/1.

    #240190
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    I’m looking at Aggie’s Lad in this race.

    There’s a strong line of form through the Perth race won by Valerius. No Panic was third in that race, in which Aggie’s Lad was second, and he ran a cracking race in finishing a close third in the Summer Plate at Market Rasen on Saturday. Sandhurst also paid the form a compliment by winning the feature race at Cartmel last week, having been close behind No Panic at Hereford previously. AGGIE’S LAD ran creditably in a novice chase at Killarney last time and doesn’t look over-burdened off a mark of 123.

    I had hoped that Valerius would come out for the Galway Plate, but it looks as if I will have to save that one for another day.

    Rob

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    What I should have considered was that a mark of 123 might give problems getting into a race that normally fills to capacity. Aggie’s Lad is third reserve and would seem unlikely to get a run.

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    I fancy Royal County Star, but I wouldn’t put too much on in a race like this.

    #241526
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    Is 22f an unusual distance? Which horses in the field would be suited by it?

    #241530
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    According to the RP there are 11 in the original list of runners that are Distance winners, though I think one is now a non-runner.

    The Summer Plate is the same distance, so maybe it’s a ‘Summer thing’?

    It seems that the reserves get into the race so my selection remains Aggie’s Lad, with Ballyholland and Kerryhead Windfarm making up the three against the field.

    Rob

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    Ground might have just gone against Aggies Lad??

    If Shane Hassett gets Kerryhead Windfarm into a good rhythm early on he might sneak a place at a massive price. Stays all day and tough as nails. Whether he’ll jump well around Galway though is anyones guess.

    The Nicholls horse is very weak and Wins Now has deposed him as favourite. JP was interviewed on RTÉ and he seemed surprised he was so short.

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