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Galway preview - Day 3

Updated: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 23:15 | Comments

JP McManus's retained rider Tony McCoy will partner Alderwood for his boss in the Galway Plate
JP McManus's retained rider Tony McCoy will partner Alderwood for his boss in the Galway Plate

Owner JP McManus will have his colours carried by at least seven horses as he bids to lift thetote.com Galway Plate for the fourth time in five years.

Shortest in the ante-post market is British raider It's A Gimme, who helped Tony McCoy pass Martin Pipe's record of winners when landing the Summer Plate at Market Rasen.

His trainer Jonjo O'Neill also sends Rum And Butter, but McCoy switches to the Tom Mullins-trained Alderwood, even though he has had just the one run since April 2013.

Opposition to the McManus battalion is spearheaded by Dessie Hughes' pair of Art Of Logistics and Golden Wonder, while the UK's champion trainer Paul Nicholls sends over Caid Du Berlais in an attempt to repeat his victory with Oslot in 2008.

McCoy teams up with Aidan O'Brien on Beach Of Falesa in the Download The Tote Mobile App EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle, but this is ultra-competitive, with the hat-trick seeking Ballychorus heading a long list of dangers.

Day three gets under way at 3.00 with the 100,000 Euro Tote Pick6 Guarantee Maiden Hurdle, in which 105-rated Flat performer Tandem makes his jumping debut for Dermot Weld.

Surprisingly, Weld doesn't have too many runners on the card, but Whitey O'Gwaun sets a clear standard in the Grab A Grand With Tote (QR) Maiden, providing he produces his smart juvenile form rather than his ordinary Curragh comeback.

The master of Rosewell goes for his third win in as many years in the Bet Online At thetote.com Handicap with recent Leopardstown scorer Sarafiyla, while he saddles newcomer Brooch in the Tote Return All Profits To Irish Racing Maiden, as well as Moonbi Creek in the Tote Trifecta Rollover Handicap.

Tony Martin has already struck at the meeting and his Greatness lurks ominously at the foot of the weights for the 40,000 Euro Tote Jackpot Guarantee Handicap Hurdle.

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