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Wednesday 18 October 2017

O'Brien can crack cross-code double with Shield and Found

We are used to seeing Dermot Weld saddle all types of winners at the Galway Festival but Aidan O'Brien's increasing return of attention to sending out jump horses could well see him enjoy a cross-code double on the second evening of action at Ballybrit.

The action at Galway tomorrow, like today, will begin with a novice hurdle and in this O'Brien will send out the JP McManus-owned Shield, who impressed when winning a handicap at Killarney just under a fortnight ago.

A two-time winner over hurdles, Shield could hardly have been more impressive when winning the 2m1f novice at Killarney and now rated 130 after that success he should be able to hold the 132-rated Desertmore Stream, who was a winner at Punchestown on his last hurdling start.

O'Brien will lock horns with Dermot Weld in the Topaz Fillies Maiden that saw Weld unleash Tarfasha last season and while the Rosewell representative is difficult to oppose, O'Brien's Found is the selection.

Only O'Brien and Weld have won this race since 2006 and their dominance looks all but set to continue but Found being by the great Galileo and out of the multiple Group One-winning mare Red Evie can hopefully make a winning debut.

Royal Ascot winner Domination had the Galway Plate on his agenda in what would have been a fairly unique attempt at a big race double, but trainer Charles Byrnes felt the seven-year-old lacked experience for such a race and thus redirected him to tomorrow's Latin Quarter Chase over the same distance and topping the ratings with 141 he should oblige.

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