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Monday 18 December 2017

JP runs magnificent seven in search of a seventh Galway Plate

JP McManus loves having big race winners and undoubtedly has a particular fondness for the Galway Plate, which he has won for the last two years and six times altogether, as today he will have seven runners in the 22-runner field.

Dessie Hughes is on the JP McManus roster but the leading owner doesn't own either of his two live contenders Art Of Logistics or Golden Wonder and it's the latter who is picked to go one better than in the Irish Grand National where he finished second.

A winner of his beginners' chase here last year, Golden Wonder ran a cracker to be denied by the McManus owned Shutthefrontdoor at Fairyhouse.

And despite going up six pounds in the handicap for that agonising defeat, the eight-year-old will hopefully be still up to claiming a massive pot like this with Roger Loughran, a previous Galway Plate winning rider, in the saddle.

The Weld juggernaut was only clicking into gears at the start of this week but may well be in cruise control come this evening with four of the Rosewell House squad fancied to return to the number one spot to Weld, who has been in that position in more than other trainer at the end of the week.

In the opener Robbie McNamara will get the opportunity to add another winner to his impressive Galway portfolio on Tandem who is a previous Festival winner but now changes code to 
hurdles for the first time.

McNamara was expecting to be aboard Forgotten Rules in the amateur riders maiden over 1m4f but he was an absentee with Weld instead opting for Whitey O' Gwaun and the three-year-old can provide Finny Maguire with his first winner here, while in the concluding two races Sarafiyla and Brooch both make plenty of appeal.

David Mullins guided a winner for his father Tom on Monday and today his cousin Danny can win on Ballychorus who is trained by his mother Mags.

TODAY

3.00 Tandem

3.35 Ballychorus

4.10 Vasco Du Mee

4.45 Whitey O' Gwaun

5.30 Golden Wonder

6.05 Cairdiuil

6.40 Sarafiyla

7.10 Brooch

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