Katie Walsh: Ruby looks set to take the honours in coveted Hurdel
GALWAY Hurdle day is one of those special days in Irish racing as obviously it is a race worth a lot of money and it is one of the most prestigious there is and I’m looking forward to seeing my old friend Thousand Stars make his first trip to Ballybrit.
Obviously he is a horse that has given me a lot of fond memories in my career but he does have a lot of weight tomorrow and things will be tough for him with 11st5lbs.
But it is certainly a case of nothing ventured and nothing gained with him, he hasn’t had a lot of
racing this year and he ran a cracking race in France so he deserves to come here and take a chance with so much prize money on offer.
He’s 11 now but in fairness to him he keeps producing the goods and we’ll see how he goes. It’s going to be tough for Willie Mullin’s other horse Diakali as well but I think he might be just able to win the race to be honest.
Diakali still has a long way to go to achieve what Thousand Stars has in his career but the difference between the two is that Diakali is only six and may still be improving, while Thousand Stars is 11 and his rating is probably where it is at now.
Ruby rides Diakali and they come here on the back of an impressive win at Tipperary and he’s my pick.
Others that you should keep an eye on are Quick Jack who won the big amateur race a year ago and I can not believe that Modem is 16/1 after winning here on Monday night.
He only has 10st on his back and was really good here on Monday and Jessica Harrington’s horses seem in good form so I think he is a fantastic
each-way prize but move quickly because I’d be amazed if that price remains.
We’ve seen Willie win the first race on the first two days and I’d give him every chance of winning the novice hurdle on tomorrow’s card and the bumper.
Bachasson and Long Dog came to Galway with a win each to their credit and Gangster is the same and I’d be surprised if he didn’t follow up his Roscommon win, while in the bumper Patrick will be on Prince D’Aubrelle who has been second in two bumpers and should make it third time lucky here.
In the Beginners Chase yesterday we saw a real exciting race with loads of them in contention jumping the last and even more by the time they got to the top of the hill and in the Novice Chase tomorrow I think Sizing Platinum can continue the good run of form of Henry de Bromhead’s horses after his winner here earlier in the week.
Yesterday we saw a real good performance from Hint Of A Tint in the Galway Mile. David Wachman is having a fine season with the likes of Legatissimo and Curvy but the Galway Mile is a race worth a lot of money and it was a very good training performance to turn up and win such a competitive race for the first run of the season.
Hint Of A Tint was the only runner in the race without the benefit of a run and she stuck it out well under Wayne Lordan and it was great for all connections.
Those lumping in behind Dermot Weld probably didn’t have a great day yesterday but his horses are still running well and you can expect him to be back firing today and tomorrow - it’s a long week and he’ll still make his mark.
Katie's Choice Galway Thursday
2.20 Sizing Platinum
6.00 Prince D'Aubrelle
3.00 Thomas Hobson
4.45 Here For The Craic (e/w)
5.30 Alelchi Inois