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Galway preview - Day 7

Updated: Saturday, 02 Aug 2014 21:53 | Comments

The action on the final day of the Galway Festival gets underway at 2.15pm
The action on the final day of the Galway Festival gets underway at 2.15pm

The Lord Hemphill Memorial Handicap Chase is the feature race on the final day of the Galway Festival.

Noel Meade, who won the race in 2005 and 2007, has a leading player in Formidableopponent, an easy winner of a beginners chase at Killarney and feasibly treated on his handicap debut.

However, there are a host of other contenders who are potentially well handicapped, not least Nearly Nama'D, who was unlucky not to make it two from two over fences. The Dessie Hughes-trained six-year-old has plenty of scope for improvement.

Tony Martin's Pires warmed up with a promising spin over hurdles and will relish a return to larger obstacles.

Martin has been amongst the winners this week and has an excellent chance to add to his tally with Ted Veale in the At The Races Beginners Chase.

The seven-year-old gelding has contested all the top Grade One novice events and this is a much more realistic assignment.

Martin's Easy Vic sneaks in under a light weight in the Vision Express Handicap Hurdle, while stablemate Pyromaniac bids to continue his progress back on the Flat in the Trappers Inn Handicap.

Despite not scaling the heights of previous Galway Festivals, Dermot Weld has had plenty of success over the last six days and book-ends the final card with good chances.

Pacelli Road warmed up for his Galway mission with a comfortable victory on the level at Leopardstown last month and has the assistance of promising young pilot Johnny Burke in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle, which gets things under way at 2.15.

Weld looks to have the one to beat in the closing Fr. Breen Memorial (Pro-Am) Flat Race in the shape of Windsor Park, who hasn't been seen since his facile Leopardstown success in January.

Weld launches two arrows at the Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Ahonoora' Handicap, with Sparkle Factor arriving in better form than last year's winner Northern Rocked.

 

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