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Galway Festival preview - Day 4

Updated: Thursday, 01 Aug 2013 15:26 | Comments

Willie Mullins saddles five runners in the Galway Hurdle
Willie Mullins saddles five runners in the Galway Hurdle

The richly-endowed Guiness Galway Handicap Hurdle is the highlight of day four of the Galway Festival and sees a host of top hurdlers take their place.

Willie Mullins has a particularly strong team, with Drive Time, Midnight Game, Viconte Du Noyer and Make Your Mark providing more than ample support to Ruby Walsh's mount, Pique Sous.

Sixth in the Supreme at Cheltenham and then a Grade Two novice winner at Fairyhouse, the grey could be a real danger on his handicap debut.

Dermot Weld saddles the lightly-raced Rock Critic as well as Hisaabaat, who has something to prove now, while County Hurdle hero Ted Veale adds further lustre to the contest.

Last year's winner of the race, Rebel Fitz, takes another step forward over the larger obstacles in the Guinness Mid-Strength Novice Chase, where he meets British raider Changing The Guard and Henry De Bromhead's Sizing Italy.

The meeting gets under way at 1.50 with the Perfect Pint Beginners Chase, where Golden Wonder represents Dessie Hughes and will be out to follow up a convincing win over timber.

There's also Listed action on the Flat, with Yellow Rosebud representing Weld in the Guinness EBF Corrib Fillies Stakes.

Flying home for third in a Group Three last time, the daughter of Jeremy has some smart three-year-olds in Hanky Panky and Sendmylovetorose to contend with.

Fairylike was bumped up 12lb for his emphatic Leopardstown win, but the drop in trip for the Guinness Time Handicap could negate the handicapper's reaction.

However, Prince Jock comes into the race on the back of a win and cannot be underestimated, nor can the hat-trick seeking Maundy Money.

Benemeade and Our Man Zebo both bid to complete hat-tricks in the Arthur Guinness Projects Novice Hurdle, while the IRFU Charitable Trust Handicap could be between Shalaman and King Of Oriel.

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