Wednesday 16 January 2019

Showem Silver able to hit gold mark for Meade

Showem Silver. Photo: Alain Barr
Showem Silver. Photo: Alain Barr

Willie Mullins isn't leaving much to chance in the feature Galway Shopping Centre Handicap Hurdle this afternoon as he looks for yet another feature race win at this week's Galway Festival but the Mullins four could have to give way to Noel Meade's Showem Silver on this occasion.

Herald columnist Shark Hanlon is understandably hopeful that Hidden Cyclone can run a big race. He has top weight for a reason here and he showed in the latter stages of Monday's race that he could run well at a price with Davy Russell up.

However, Hidden Cyclone's inclusion has meant that a lot of these horses will run here off a very light weight and Showem Silver is one who has just 9st 13lbs.

The Fairyhouse Easter meeting winner wasn't able to defy a 12lb hike for that win and score 10 days later at Punchestown, but that was a minimal gap and he wasn't beaten that far by the impressive Minella Awards.

Fresh from a break, Showem Silver can reap the rewards and give another lover of Galway, Noel Meade, his first big win of the week.

Dermot Weld's week of misery isn't going to be cured over the weekend but Dalton Highway does have a chance of giving him something to smile about in what looks quite a modest race.

The O'Brien family have had a tough time of late with Ana picking up nasty injuries at Killarney but they had more reason to smile this week with Joseph taking the Galway Hurdle and he can team up with the same connections in the opener day as Big Ben aims to open his account over flights.

The Curragh maiden winner is one of a string of high profile horses that joined O'Brien from Ballydoyle. He already has the benefit of a run under his belt so should have enough class to get on his way for what could be a promising novice hurdle campaign.

Aidan O'Brien has hit the mark at both Goodwood and Galway this week and both Amedeo Modigliani and Mount Wellington look hard to oppose today.

Denis Hogan's Atlas ran well enough the other night to suggest he can give a good account today and Willie is unlikely to leave empty-handed with True Self his best chance.

Galway today

Big Ben (2.30)

Showem Silver (3.05)

Amedeo Modigliani (3.40)

Mount Wellington (4.15)

Atlas (4.50)

Dalton Highway (5.25)

True Self (5.55)

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