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Ruby Walsh’s in-depth guide to the Galway Plate

by Sean Goff | August 1, 2012

LUNGE: Ruby & Blackstairmountain will hope to go one better in the Galway Plate today (pic: Inpho)

Ruby Walsh gives you the inside track on the Galway Plate while Tom Lee profiles Goodwood and the Galway Plate.

3.00 Tote Six Pick Maiden Hurdle

This cones down to around three runners with Ted Veale,  Moiqen and the one I think we’ll all have to beat Too Scoops. Had a cracking run over hurdles on his first start finishing second behind Maxim Gorky and ahead of Zuzka.

Both were placed at the festival this week already and Henry’s horses are in good form so I think Too Scoops sets the standard.

Ted Veale is having his first start over timber while Moiqen was disappointing the last day but his run before was very good when third to Buy Back Bob. I know Tony Martin really likes Ted Veale but I would love if he had a run over hurdles under his belt.

3.35 Handicap Hurdle

A very competitive looking handicap. I won on Our Girl Lucy at Cork for Tom Cooper but she got beat at Killarney. I think Galway’s stiff track will really suit her. She’s a great jumper and I think she’ll be in the van all the way.

Monday night’s winner Kaleddshan turns out again and carries 11-11 when the 7lb claim is taken into account. He’ll push it all the way and can finish second to Our Girl Lucy. 

4.10 Tote Jackpot Handicap Hurdle

My intended ride Dream Champion doesn’t go now because of the soft ground. Baizically should get in for Shark Hanlon instead.

I’d fancy the progressive one in the field Baresi. Rob Jones is great value for his 5lb claim and she’ll carry 10-9 here. I think she’s been laid out for the day and John Long is doing a great job with her.


5.25 Galway Plate

It’s wide open. My chance on Blackstairmountain depends how much rain they got last night. It was still raining in Galway when I got home to Kildare last night and is soft all round now. When I got off Blackstairmountain at Punchestown having finished second to Lucky William I was pretty sure this was the race for him.

It’s hard to know whether he’ll stay for definite until he’s actually run over the trip but I think he will.

Jumps well, travels well but not the toughest in the world so I’ll have to deliver him late. It will be Paul Carberry-style on Harchibald.

Follow the Plan is top-weight but this is a good race for top-weights. Wise Old Owl was second in this last year Tony McCoy is on him. Muirhead I think wants better ground while Whodoyouthink will ensure it’s a good gallop and the ground will suit.

Carlito Brigante will have to come back to his Coral Cup winning form and I’m not sure Galway will suit him. Bob Lingo is consistent but will het get home?

Out Now is definitely one you’d have to fancy and Barry Geraghty probably hasn’t had a whole lot to eat since Monday to get down to 10-2. Even if he was to put up a couple of pounds overweight it would be worth it to have Barry on board. I know Edward O’Grady really fancies himAlpine Eagle will struggle to get the trip.

Cross Appeal should give you a good run for your money. Won the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas and is sure to be up there all the way but whether he has the class is debatable.

I wouldn’t fancy Daffern Seal if Dermot Weld didn’t train him but he does so you have to respect his chance. He was a good winner here last year and we all know Dermot’s record around Galway.

Osana ran well at Kilbeggan the last time but this is probably just beyond him. Shot from the Hip has a bit to find but if he came back to his Grade One Novice hurdle winning days he’d have a chance. His jumping needs to improve though. Casey Top should be up there all the way but lacks a gear while Campbonnais is consistent but out of his depth.

If Prince Erik has a going day he’d have a great chance but that’s a big ‘if’. As Dermot said on television last night it depends on which Prince Erik turns up.

Paddy Brennan is over to ride Jamsie Hall who’ll travel well but I don’t think he’ll get up the hill.

For me, I like my own horse Blackstairmountain but Out Now is the biggest danger.

Paddy Power if paying 1/4 the odds 5 places on the Galway Plate.

The softer ground has put the Flat form on his head so it’s essential to look for one’s with winning soft ground form in the 6.00 Tote Trifecta Rollover Handicap, 6.35 and the 7.10 Tote Irsih Racing Maiden

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