Saturday 16 December 2017

Back Meade to blaze trail into the West'

The Galway Blazers is a race run over the same course and distance as the Galway Plate, acting as a consolation for Wednesday's big one with many trainers targetting it with horses who fall shy of a rating high enough for the Plate.

Noel Meade won the Blazers back in 1993 when 10-year-old Fane Banks scored under Harry Rogers and tomorrow Westhaven may well be able to bridge that gap after impressing when winning a Galway Plate Trial at Tipperary a couple of weeks ago.

Winning off a mark of 104 and only getting a 7lb hike for that win means that Westhaven was always going to miss out on the Plate itself but this will be a nice pot to pick up for connections and with just 10st on his back he looks still well in.

Proceedings get underway with the Guinness Handicap Hurdle and Tony Martin might have more to celebrate after this.


Redera (pictured) looked like a horse who enjoys Galway when he was third in Monday's feature 12 months ago and although the eight-year-old has been lightly raced since, he should be primed for action tomorrow afternoon.

Having not run since November, Redera returned at odds of 40/1 for his seasonal debut at Killarney earlier in the month when running a good race to finish fifth, beaten less than five lengths by El Salvador.

Off a mark of 129 he may just have another nice handicap hurdle in his grasp.

Elsewhere on the card, David Wachman can win the Guinness EBF Maiden over 1m4f which he won last year with Hidden Oasis.

That winner was owned by JP McManus and ridden by Fran Berry as will the hopefully aptly named Fit For The Job tomorrow.

The son of Lawman was third on hiss debut and second last time out and hopefully the improvement will continue enough to snatch the seven-furlong maiden at the third time of asking and continue a good start to the week for the McManus team.

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