O'Brien can crack cross-code double with Shield and Found
We are used to seeing Dermot Wheld 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 account for his six rivals on this occasion with Robbie Power back on board after missing the winning ride at Killarney through injury.
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 Together Forever is the selection.
Only O'Brien and Weld have won this race since 2006 and their dominance looks all but set to continue with Weld's Chinese White likely to be well fancied, however some good murmurs have emerged for Together Forver and the daughter of Galileo will hopefully live up to them.
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. Topping the ratings with 141, he should oblige.