It's the penultimate day of the Galway Festival, and Gordon Elliott has six runners booked in. How will they fare on this sunny Saturday?
"She starts out for us having won a point-to-point at Ballingarry two months ago. That win came on good ground and the going will be fine for her while the experience that she picked up in her point should stand to her."
- Gordon Elliott on Red As Rust
My only concern is the trip
The weekend at Galway is bit quieter than I thought it would be at the start of the week but a few horses got balloted out of various races and we decided not to run a some that were in action earlier in the week.
After four days we have had just one winner but any year you can leave with Galway after winning either the Plate or the Hurdle is a good year and I think we have plenty to look forward to for the next couple of months.
Enzani is our first runner of the day on Saturday and I'd probably prefer if this race was a mile. He is in good form though and his last run in an apprentice race was quite encouraging. He has come down in the ratings over the last year and he is certainly capable of winning off his current mark but the trip is the concern here.
I'd expect him to be doing his best work over the last couple of furlongs.
Miro to hero
He will take his chance in the mile and a half handicap and he doesn't look badly treated on some of his recent runs on the flat. However, he hasn't won a race for two years and I was a bit disappointed with his last run over hurdles at Kilbeggan.
His second last run in an apprentice handicap at Limerick suggested that he was a horse who could win more races but ideally he would like better ground. It should dry out a bit over the next 24 hours but it still mightn't be quick enough for him. He does have a low draw which will help him but I would have to say that he is best watched on this occasion.
Manamite to beat
We run three in the maiden hurdle and Manamite is by far the strongest of the trio. His last run at Leopardstown is best forgotten as he ran no race at all. He pulled up and was found to have an atrial fibrillation after the race so he has been given plenty of time since then.
Previously his second to Us And Them in maiden hurdle at Cork in November was a promising run and he always shaped like a horse would be able to make his mark in a maiden. I'd by very wary of Triplicate but this possibly isn't the strongest of maiden hurdles so Manamite should be able to give a good account of himself.
Silver Star will be having his first run for the yard. On his three previous runs over hurdles he has performed to a reasonable standard and he looks like one that should be able to win maiden but we have just brought him along steadily since he was bought at the sales and this run should tell us a bit more about his prospects over the coming months.
He is a grand, straight forward type and I'd expect a solid showing from him.
Major Mitchell has been struggling to make an impression so far and he was well beaten at Ballinrobe late last month. Hopefully we will see some progress from him but he is one that is best watched for the time being.
Red As Rust is right as rain
She starts out for us having won a point-to-point at Ballingarry two months ago. That win came on good ground and the going will be fine for her while the experience that she picked up in her point should stand to her.
As a winning pointer I'd expect that she will be at her best over longer trips but she is showing enough that we are happy to start her out in a bumper. She should run a creditable race but there will be more to come from her following this run.
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