16:15 Galway Mon 17 September 2018
Gelding by Robin De Pres out of a Un Desperado mare. Half-brother to Petit Robin, Panjo Bere and recent Stratford winner Vive Le Roi. Market to be the best guide on debut.
A €23,000 3-y-o, Noroit gelding he is well related to quite a few winners. Bombed on debut at Fairyhouse in April last year and subsequently sent to compete in a number of point-to-point contests. Tough ask but now in the right hands.
Ten race maiden; absent since competing over hurdles for Kieran Purcell at Clonmel in September 2017 before returning to action on the beach at Laytown earlier this month. Hard to fancy.
Dual performer who has run five really solid races over hurdles, finishing third at Down Royal before beaten 3½L when last seen in June at Punchestown. Open to plenty of improvement on return.
Craigsteel gelding is a brother to fairly useful hurdler Graineyhill and half-brother to bumper winner Incas Article. Won a Kilbeggan bumper in good style earlier this month and moved straight to hurdles. Leading player.
Point-to-point winner that cost his connections €34,000, he is thrown in at the deep end for his debut in a Bumper at the Galway festival before winning here 12-months later at the same meeting. Worth a market check.
By Makfi out of a Singspiel mare. Nothing of promise on a low-key introduction in a Kilbeggan maiden hurdle last month. Needs to show significant improvement here.
Three figure prices for eight of his 12 starts on the Flat. Beaten 48L at Downpatrick last month on hurdling debut and others preferred.
Stowaway gelding out of an Old Vic mare. Nothing of note in a couple of maiden hurdle starts to date when sent off at big prices. Unlikely to play a part in the finish here.
Gelding by Doyen out of a Be My Native mare cheap €12,500 foal related to multiple winners Valdez and Kumbeshwar. Never nearer on debut in a Killarney maiden hurdle when last seen in May. Liable to find a couple stronger.
Low-rated Flat handicapper only tentatively tried over hurdles without any conviction of success. Watching brief for now.
Daughter of Ask out of a Buckskin mare. Related to tough sorts Carnspindle and Ask Susan. Market likely to reveal expectations on debut.
Daughter of Mahler out of a Danehill Dancer mare. Half-sister to winners Sutton Place, Ok Coral and Grade 2 runner up Ms Parfois. Looks a future prospect.
Confirmed promise of debut effort when winning a Clonmel bumper quite cosily in May, fifth of 19 in novice hurdle at Galway on jumps bow before disappointing at Sligo last month. Plenty to prove here.
A purchase this month for leading owners, winning handicapper on the Flat in France. Likely to be a warm order on debut for champion trainer.
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Thrones Game (4/5), Zero Ten (11/4), Roseriver Has (9/2), Suinda (10/1), Steel Cap (14/1), Out Of The Blue (33/1), Wake Up Early (50/1), An Droichead Gorm (66/1), Ourbitontheside (66/1), Dix De Der (66/1), Flattothemat (100/1), Annie Irish (100/1), Shadow Of Hercules (100/1), Sideline Cut (100/1), Illandarragh (100/1)
- Thrones Game
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