Saturday 16 December 2017

Blazers to be Speckled byMcManus

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 targeting it with horses who fall shy of a rating high enough for the Plate.

JP McManus has won the Galway Plate on six occasion and although he had no joy in the race here on Wednesday, he may have the solution to a tricky looking renewal of the Galway Blazers in Speckled Wood, trained by Christy Roche.

This daughter of the high-class mare Like-A-Butterfly hasn't quite reached the dizzy heights of her dam but did earn a rating of 130 over hurdles and is running off 123 over fences. Although she hasn't been seen for a while it is hoped the six-year-old is still improving.

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 his 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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