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Galway Festival preview - day 5

Updated: Thursday, 01 Aug 2013 18:39 | Comments

Racing at Ballybrit gets under way at 5.05
Racing at Ballybrit gets under way at 5.05

The Guinness Handicap is the headline event at the Galway Festival on Friday and Aidan O'Brien's three-year-olds Kingdom and Plinth attempt to serve it up to their elders.

Joseph O'Brien is on recent Fairyhouse winner Kingdom, with his sister Ana on Plinth, while Andy Oliver's Uleavemebreathless also represents the Classic generation.

The latter drops in class after contesting races such as the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

Surprisingly, Dermot Weld doesn't dominate the recent roll of honour but has excellent claims this year with Sligo scorer Show Court, and Noel Meade's Curley Bill will also have his supporters after beating all bar the exciting Dabadiyan at the Curragh.

Weld's classy dual-purpose mare Unaccompanied made a satisfactory return to action at Leopardstown last month and the conditions of the Guinness Race would appear to suit her, as she is in receipt of weight from Justification and Military Bowl.

Ballydoyle colt Agreement hit the crossbar at Tipperary and that sets the standard which Weld's well-related newcomer Calibrate must aspire to in the Guinness EBF Maiden.

The master of Rosewell started Backdrop off in a warm affair last month and the experience will stand her in good stead ahead of the opening Guinness 17:59 EBF Median Maiden Auction (5.05), although the Kevin Prendergast-trained Trikala was second to Home School at Roscommon and the winner went on to fill the runner-up berth in the Tyros Stakes.

Campestral Scene made the frame here earlier in the week and now takes in the Arthur Guinness Handicap, and Admiral Hawke also has his second start of the meeting in the Guinness (QR) Handicap Hurdle, having chased home Aladdins Cave on Monday.

The pick of the jumping action is the Guinness Galway Blazers Handicap Chase, in which Toostrong guns for glory for Willie Mullins and Gigginstown House Stud after missing the Galway Plate. 

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