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Galway Festival: In-form team have Orealistic chanceO of victory with Navajo; Briefing.

2.25 Handicap hurdle (2m4f)

Notable runners

Recent Flat winner Dow Jones, rated 114 over jumps, heads the weights for this 81-130 handicap. Former winning pointer Shoot The Breeze, a dual winner over hurdles, has won on both soft and good ground but probably wouldnOt want it too quick. Lord Of The Artic, who is 5lb higher after justifying support over this trip at Limerick, and fast-ground winner Ifwhatsowhat, upped 8lb for his three-length win this month, are others capable of getting into the shake-up, along with Workandturn, who drops back in distance following his Roscommon success off a 6lb lower rating last time. Others with chances include Domnul Admiral, a previous course- and-distance winner who should come on for his recent comeback run on the Flat, and JudyOs Home Valley, a three-time scorer over this trip.


Mick Halford, trainer of Dow Jones

OHe loves the fast ground and this trip will suit him.O

Ken Condon, trainer of Domnul Admiral

OWe gave him ten weeks off after he ran poorly over hurdles at Thurles and weOve been happy with him since he ran on the Flat at Wexford earlier this month. He likes quick ground and this course.O

Michael Hourigan, trainer of Dr Julian

OHe has enough weight and, in an ideal world, we could do with a drop of rain.O

Philip Fenton, trainer of Shoot The Breeze

OHe had a minor setback which held him up in his work before he ran in Limerick, so IOm hopeful that run should leave him spot-on here. He should handle the quicker ground.O

Luke Prendergast, trainer of JudyOs Home Valley

OHe struck into himself at Navan but he seems well again now and heOs handled this quicker ground before.O

Steve Mahon, trainer of Princess Commanche

OShe won well at Bellewstown and will love this ground as itOs a case of the faster the better for her. SheOs a very light-framed filly, though, and wouldnOt be the type capable of carrying a big weight, but weOre just praying sheOs up to this 96 mark.O

Tom Hogan, trainer of Sonnyanjoe

OHeOs been very difficult to win with and has proved frustrating, finishing second many times.O

5.00 Maiden (1m4f)

Notable runners

Navajo Chieftain, rated 69 after four runs on the Flat, represents the in-form team of Dermot Weld and Nina Carberry. A Tipperary winner on fast ground, Murrosie is one of three previous bumper winners, along with Border Quaich, also successful over hurdles at Fairyhouse, and Clara Allen, who ran well for second behind Summer Soul over a mile and three-quarters last time. Others with respectable bumper form include Champagne Cocktail and Catiline, runner-up on his debut at Warwick in November.


Dermot Weld, trainer of Navajo Chieftain

OHeOs in good form and has a realistic chance, especially with his rider having struck up such a healthy strike-rate for the yard.O

Frances Crowley, trainer of Champagne Cocktail

OHe had good form in bumpers but didnOt stay two miles, so weOre dropping him back in trip here. His owner assures me he comes from a fastish family.O

John Kiely, trainer of Clara Allen

OShe handled the fast ground last time, but IOm just concerned this shorter trip could be a bit sharp.O

Steve Mahon, trainer of Border Quaich

OHe popped up a splint after jumping erratically at Down Royal last month, so weOre running on the Flat for a confidence booster.O

Tom Hogan, trainer of Fire Finch

OShe ran well wearing the cheekpieces for the first time at Killarney over a furlong shorter.O

Michael Grassick, trainer of Catiline

OThis will be my son MichaelOs first ride, and the horse is in good form and has been gelded since his last run in a Leopardstown bumper last January. We feel he didnOt get home over the two miles last time, so weOre dropping him back here.O


Ansar (fifth right) on his way to victory in last yearOs Galway Plate
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 27, 2005
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