The Galmoy Hurdle (Thursday 1.50) is a Grade-2 Hurdle run at Gowran Park over 3-miles and 13 flights. First run in 2002, it is owner’s Gigginstown Stud who have the best recent record with 4 winners in the last 7 renewals, whilst Willie Mullins and Mouse Morris have both trained two winners in that time.
Winners have been aged between 6 and 11, whilst weights carried have varied between 11-3 and 11-10.
6 runners are set to go to post for the 2016 Galmoy Hurdle.
Likeable 7-year-old trained by Noel Meade who last won this race in 2004. Third behind Vroum Vroum Mag when last seen but, more importantly, finished 2½-lengths behind Clondaw Warrior that day off level-weights – and must concede that re-opposing rival 5lb here.
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Notched-up a hat-trick of hurdle wins in September, October and November, but is held on form by both Clondaw Warrior and Snow Falcon on his last two runs. His trainer Gordon Elliott knows how to win big prizes, but it’s hard to find a reason why this one will find the necessary improvement.
Serious globetrotter who has run in Royal Ascot, the American St Leger and the Galway Festival, but seemed as good as ever when finishing second to stablemate Vroum Vroum Mag at Leopardstown last time. Soft ground a slight worry for a horse who possesses a decent turn of foot, but Ruby Walsh rides him in preference to stablemate Shaneshill.
Won the 2015 renewal when trained by Tony Martin, and now trained by Gordon Elliott. Well-beaten by Snow Falcon in November though, and beaten even further by Apple’s Jade last time. Will appreciate the return to softer ground, but it’s unlikely that even Gordon Elliott can get an 11-year-old to find the 11lb that ratings suggest he needs to, though was rated within 2lb of Clondaw Warrior at his best.
Decent novice hurdler in 2014/15, when he was second in the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival. 3-miles on soft ground should be perfect for him, and runs for Mouse Morris and Gigginstown Stud. However, a leap of faith is required as he been beaten 81-lengths or more on his two runs after returning from injury.
Won 7-times in total, as well as finishing runner-up in the Bumper, Supreme Novices and RSA at the last three Cheltenham Festivals. In contention, if under pressure, when falling at the last behind Vroum Vroum Mag last time, but would probably have given Clondaw Warrior a run for his money for second. Handles most types of ground, but his five runs on soft or worse have produced 4 wins and a second to Thistlecrack.
2017 Galmoy Hurdle Preview
Snow Falcon must concede 5lb all-round, and that means this may be between the two Willie Mullins trained horses Clondaw Warrior and Shaneshill. Ruby Walsh rides the former however, as he isn’t proven on ground this soft, Shaneshill may prove the value bet.
2017 Galmoy Hurdle Tip
Shaneshill @ 5/2 (Bet365, Paddy Power, Stan James)