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De Bromhead should be flying with Eagle


Eagle Moon can deliver for Henry de Bromhead

Eagle Moon can deliver for Henry de Bromhead


Eagle Moon can deliver for Henry de Bromhead

It's Day Five of the Galway Festival but the third and final evening for the jumping fraternity, and top National Hunt trainer Henry de Bromhead looks likely to be amongst the winners.

It's yet another competitive card, as is expected, and de Bromhead has major claims in the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle with EAGLE MOON (5.15).

The mount of Dylan Robinson has run in defeat behind some smart types - beaten well, in fairness, but clearly improved for a break when getting off the mark at the third time of asking last time at Bellewstown nearly four weeks ago.

He was entitled to win that and dug in to ultimately score well.

That experience of having to knuckle down under pressure will certainly stand him in good stead and he will have learned a lot from it, while an opening handicap mark of 111 may well underestimate his ability.

Millyinthemiddle ran well here in defeat on Wednesday and will be popular in this but the combination of De Bromhead and Robinson can strike with Eagle Moon.

In the opener, Joseph O'Brien can get his day off to a winning start with RISK FACTOR (4.45) who makes his hurdling debut in the James's Gate Maiden Hurdle.

This talented Bumper performer, who won on St Stephen's Day at Leopardstown and was subsequently an excellent second in a Grade Two behind Appreciate It, is an interesting recruit to hurdling and he could very well prove to be above average.

One at an absolutely huge price on old form who could very easily make a mockery of his rating of 115 today is the veteran WESTERN BOY (5.45).

Pat Fahy's stalwart is now an 11-year-old but he rolled back the years on the Flat at Ballinrobe last time, winning by two lengths. Prior to that, back in March, he wasn't a bad fourth in a rated hurdle in Downpatrick so clearly some talent remains and he is very dangerous off a low weight.

Twenty go to post for the Guinness Handicap Hurdle and Willie Mullins, who has carried all before him this week, can score with CANARDIER (6.15) who makes just his second start for the champion trainer.

Previously a decent money-spinner with Dermot McLoughlin, this lad was making his debut for Mullins in the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival in pretty soft conditions, which traditionally didn't suit him.

Regardless, he was in the process of running an excellent race before coming down at the last and will certainly know his job here today.

The ground, as Patrick Mullins said after winning the Galway Hurdle yesterday, is not quite as slow as it would seem, which certainly suits the selection.

The Guinness Beginners' Chase isn't the most inspiring contest every run here but it still needs winning and MING DYNASTY (6.45) should be up to the task. Gavin Cromwell's eight-year-old wasn't a bad hurdler and will have learned from his chasing debut at Tipperary a couple of weeks ago.

He should know his job and be well able to get off the mark over fences this evening.

MENGHLI KHAN (7.15) is chosen to get the best of a classy enough field in the Arthur Guinness Chase.

Plenty of these ran in the Plate the other night but Davy Russell sides with Menghli Khan, who got back to winning ways last time and can double up.

BAY HILL (7.45) can count on the services of Mark Walsh for the Blazers and he has some decent winning form not too long ago, while in the finale, Patrick Mullins and Shark Hanlon team up with HALLOWED STAR (8.15). This lad was impressive when winning at Tipperary and represents owners who love a Festival success.