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Kristian Strangeway excited for Galway Festival with three runners set to travel to Ballybrit

Updated: Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 13:50 | Comments

Strangeway excited about Galway Festival

Kristian Strangeway, owner of Koo's Racing Club, can barely contain his excitement ahead of next week's Galway Festival.

The enthusiastic Yorkshireman is hoping to launch a three-pronged attack on Ireland's bumper summer festival, headed by the Brian Ellison-trained Streets Of Newyork.

Second in the Cumberland Plate to Noble Alan when last seen, Strangeway is particularly excited by the prospect of stepping the seven-year-old up to two miles for the Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap on Monday.

Strangeway said: "It will be great to have three runners at Galway next week but the trip revolves around Streets Of Newyork.

"He would be our best chance of a winner and I think he'll show a good level of improvement for the step up in trip.

"Based on his bumper form when trained in Ireland we think he'll get two miles on the level and he's always shaped like a stayer since joining us."

Balty Boys, winner of a competitive Newmarket handicap on Saturday, is also being prepared for a trip to the Ballybrit track.
The five-year-old by Cape Cross looks set to take his chance in the Topaz Mile Handicap next Tuesday.

"I've had a quick chat with Brian and Balty Boys couldn't be in better form at home," said Strangeway.

"He did us proud on Saturday and we're hopeful of another good run.

"He won on quick ground that day but he's fairly versatile and wouldn't mind the ground coming up on the slower side either."
The club will be eyeing up another valuable pot on Friday week should Saptapadi line up for the 100,000 euro Guinness Handicap.

He added: "We like to aim our horses at these big valuable handicaps and that's the plan with Saptapadi. There is some great prize money on offer next week and we feel it's important to support those races.

"He's probably too far down in the weights to get a run in the Ebor next month so we're looking for alternatives with him.

"It would be great for one of them just to be competitive but winning one of these races would be absolutely brilliant for everyone involved.

"We set out to have runners at these big festivals at the start of the season and it would be the stuff of dreams if we could get one home in front."

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