19:20 Galway Wed 31 July 2019

  • thetote.com Galway Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade A)
  • 2m 6f 111y, Good
  • 22 Runners
  • Winner€176,999.002nd€57,000.003rd€27,000.004th€12,000.005th€6,000.006th€3,000.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:5m 24.0sOff time:19:20:14
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1
811-10OR: 158D
12/1

Winner of nine of his 19 starts over the larger obstacles who has hit the frame on a further four occasions. Likely to give another good account of himself from the front.

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2
811-9OR: 157
12/1

Never got to fulfill lofty expectations due to a number of injury setbacks. Looks a tall order on handicap debut to make a significant impact in this contest.

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3
911-9OR: 157D
14/1

Nine from 16 over fences and returns to the larger obstacles following a narrow win over hurdles at Cork earlier this month. Ninth of 22 in this contest 12 months ago and more needed this time around.

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4
611-6OR: 154
12/1

Not disgraced in Grade 1 company last season when highly tried in a number of contests. Leading player for yard who have won two of the last three renewals of this contest including with Clarcam 12 months ago.

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5
911-6OR: 154
14/1

Appears to be regressing over hurdles last year and there is no guarantee of improvement on switch to back fences. Trainer is just one win from his last 28 runners in this contest, though a further nine have hit the frame.

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6
911-0OR: 148D
33/1

Nothing of note in a number of disappointing efforts over hurdles and fences since the turn of the year. Tough ask, though yard do have a good record in the race saddling two winners in the last three years.

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7
1010-13OR: 147
25/1

Solid and consistent winner of six of his 10 starts over fences, though not at this level. Not easily ruled out for yard who have saddled tow of the last four winners of this contest in Shanahans Turn and Balko Des Flos.

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8
810-13OR: 147
25/1

Winner of four of his 11 chase starts but now looks vulnerable off his revised mark following a win at Punchestown on return to action in May after a 263 day break. Fell on latest start last month and plenty to prove in this contest.

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9
Azzurit109
710-10OR: 144
16/1

British raider had shown nothing in three starts for the yards since joining from the Richard O'Brien yard before landing the spoils at Ayr when last seen in April. Looks to have been the target since that success.

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10
910-10OR: 144
20/1

Winner of four of his 11 starts over the larger obstacles. British raider appears to be regressing of late and was last seen tailing off in the Grade 3 Brown Advisory Plate at the Cheltenham festival in March.

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11
1110-10OR: 144
33/1

Three from 21 over fences but has been well beaten in a number of starts since returning to action in February. Has gone off the boil in recent efforts and is hard to fancy in this company.

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12
910-10OR: 144CD
8/1

C&D winner at this festival 12 months ago landing the Blazers handicap by 1L at odds of 5/1. Difficult to dismiss and goes well in fields of this size.

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14
910-9OR: 143
25/1

Winner of six of his 23 chase starts and ran well on his latest start in a Killarney handicap over 3m2f on good ground finishing second of 12 behind Swingbridge. Has more to offer.

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15
710-7OR: 141
12/1

Solid and consistent winner of two of her six starts over fences. Worthy of a big run representing a yard with a 36% win and place strike rate in the last eight renewals of this contest.

16
910-6OR: 140
50/1

Winner of four of his 16 starts over the larger obstacles with the Brian Boru gelding last win coming at Ayr 12 months ago. Out of form in a number of runs since, despite finishing positions and may find it tough here.

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18
710-4OR: 138
12/1

Two from eight over fences, third of 12 at Punchestown when last seen in May. Worthy of consideration from a yard who have two wins and a place in this contest in the last four years.

19
810-3OR: 137
14/1

Winner of a Kilbeggan beginners contest 12 months ago and was in command when falling last time out. One for the shortlist representing leading yard who have saddled two winners and two runners to hit the frame in the last three years.

20
1010-3OR: 137
33/1

18th of 22 in this contest 12 months ago and this looks a tall order despite fine record of yard in this contest winning two of the last four renewals.

21
810-2OR: 136D
9/1

Winner of two of his 19 starts over fences and has recently landed a double over hurdles. Switches from timber to fences for a yard with a dominant 36% win and place strike rate in the race in the last three years.

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22
910-2OR: 136
20/1

Three from five over fences including a win over a similar trip. Not easily ruled out for a yard with a couple of wins and two runners hitting the frame in this contest since 2016.

23
910-2OR: 136
9/1

Bounced back to form at Ballinrobe in May when second of 15 beaten head by Peregrine Run over 2m7f. Possibly not consistent enough for serious consideration.

24
810-1OR: 135
8/1

Useful hurdler but has struggled to make an impact over fences and had failed to finish in three starts before finishing well down the field in the Close Brothers handicap at the Cheltenham festival in March. Others more convincing.

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Non-Runners

13
Some Neck88
810-10OR: 144
T: W P MullinsJ: Non Runner
17
Drumcliff364
810-5OR: 139
T: A A HowardJ: Non Runner
25
Mill Quest12
910-1OR: 135
T: G ElliottJ: Non Runner

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Clarcam810-1333/1
T: G ElliottJ: M A Enright

Betting

Forecast

Snugsborough Benny (8/1), Movewiththetimes (8/1), Borice (9/1), Pylonthepressure (9/1), Black Corton (12/1), Pravalaguna (12/1), Coney Island (12/1), Mengli Khan (12/1), Poker Party (12/1), Peregrine Run (14/1), Barra (14/1), Some Neck (14/1), Yorkhill (14/1), Azzuri (16/1), Ravenhill (20/1), Modus (20/1), Auvergnat (25/1), The West's Awake (25/1), Drumcliff (25/1), Mill Quest (25/1), Heron Heights (25/1), Valseur Lido (33/1), A Toi Phil (33/1), Regal Encore (33/1), Crosshue Boy (50/1)

Verdict

Trainer Henry De Bromhead can maintain his fine record in this race with his 10-year-old gelding HERON HEIGHTS taking the prize in the Galway Plate. The trainer has landed this race in two of the last four years and this son of Heron Island can see off the attentions of British raider Azzuri for the Dan Skelton yard, the Enda Bolger-trained Auvergnat and Pravalaguna for trainer Willie Mullins. Trainer Gordon Elliott has won the Plate in two of the last three renewals and his Gigginstown House Stud pair of Mengli Khan and Barra should not be underestimated.
  1. Heron Heights
  2. Azzuri
  3. Auvergnat

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