Thursday 5 December 2019

Saltonstall's Keane edge

Colin Keane, Adrian McGuinness and Saltonstall
Colin Keane, Adrian McGuinness and Saltonstall

The Ado McGuinness-trained SALTONSTALL (3.55, Galway) was victorious here on Tuesday in the Colm Quinn Galway Mile and he could well land the lion's share of another €120,000 prize tomorrow in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Ahonoora' Handicap.

A drop in trip doesn't appear to be an obvious setback for the five-year-old, who was an impressive winner of one of the most competitive handicaps of the summer here earlier in the week.

Saltonstall has promised big things and looks primed to deliver for the Naul-based trainer, who boasts a good record at Galway and also has the services of the deadly Colin Keane.

Another horse likely to revisit the winner's enclosure for a second time this week is the Gavin Cromwell-trained ILIKEDWAYURTHINKIN (2.15, Galway).

Cromwell enjoyed 20 winners last month alone and the Champion Hurdle-winning trainer looks set for another big season.

This selection was a winner at a short price on Wednesday and Darragh O'Keeffe retains the partnership in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle.

Pat Kelly has proven his ability to produce winners on the big day and the Galway Hurdle-winning trainer would surely like to strike at his local track again.

DAWN RAIDER (2.45, Galway) ran well earlier in the week and might put that right here in the second.

It's hard to believe YORKHILL (4.30, Galway) will attract the financial support of many punters today, but the quirky nine-year-old would annihilate this field on a going day.

He is hard to trust, but Paul Townend is still keeping faith in the horse, so maybe punters should too.

Tony Martin didn't get the opportunity to turn out Tudor City for a second time in two days, as the Galway Hurdle winner was reported to be coughing yesterday, but his Wednesday winner UPGRADED (5.30, Galway) has been declared to run again and could take beating with apprentice Gavin Ryan claiming 7lb off.

Galway tomorrow

2.15 Ilikedwayurthinkin

2.45 Dawn Raider

3.20 Raven's Cry

3.55 Saltonstall

4.30 Yorkhill

5.00 Or Jaune De Somoza

5.00 Upgraded

6.00 Blazing Emily

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