The 2019 John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle looks like being one of the most competitive renewals of this race in recent years, and it features current Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy.
The Grade 2 race takes place over 3 miles at Gowran Park, and runners have to negotiate 13 hurdles. It is open to horses aged five and older and notable previous winners include War Of Attrition, Alpha Des Obeaux, and Shaneshill, whilst Presenting Percy also won the 2018 renewal.
Galmoy Hurdle 10-Year-Trends
1 – Winners have been between 6 and 11 years old
2 – Winners have carried between 11-3 and 11-10
3 – The last 8 winners have been rated at least 147
4 – Willie Mullins has trained 3 of the last 8 winners
5 – Davy Russell has ridden 3 of the last 10 winners
6 – Five of the last ten favourites or joint-favourites have won
7 – Winners have been returned between 4/9 and 7/1
Galmoy Hurdle 2019 Contenders
Presenting Percy – Officially the second- highest rated hurdler in the field, 1lb below the top-rated Coquin Mans, but is rated higher over fences. His fitness has to be taken on trust but he’s been ready to run for a while and has scored on two of his three previous seasonal debuts. He’s also proven over the course and distance and has race specialist Davy Russell in the saddle.
Coquin Mans – Already a grade 2 winner, but has flopped on a couple of occasions in Grade 1 company. He also has a long absence to overcome but has won on all three starts after a substantial break. Has won over three-miles in his early days with Willie Mullins, but has mainly run over shorter distances in the last few seasons. The biggest tip to his well-being could be that Ruby Walsh has chosen to ride him over five other Willie Mullins trained entries.
Darasso – Ex-French horse that ran well in second when trying to concede 8lbs to a 146-rated Willie Mullins trained horse over 2½ miles last time. Needs to step up on that form but looked like he’d be suited by this longer trip there, and he looks sure to come on for what was his first run for Joseph O’Brien.
Baupaume – Useful hurdler, who has won a Grade in France, but he’s has fallen short at the top-level behind the mighty Apple’s Jade on his last two runs. The booking of Paul Townend suggests he’s the second most fancied of the Willie Mullins runners but it will be disappointing if he’s good enough to win.
Others – Bleu Berry, Killultagh Vic, Shaneshill, and Limini make up the Mullins sextet and, whilst all four would have claims on their best form, they’ve all been well short of that form on recent starts.
Meantime, the Gigginstown Stud owner pair of Don Poli and Prince Of Scars may well be using this to get fit whilst staying under the handicapper’s radar before the weights for some of the big spring handicaps are framed.
Gordon Elliott also saddles the out of form Dortmund Park, as well as the 2014 winner Mala Beach who hasn’t been seen over hurdles since that success.
Galmoy Hurdle Summary and Free Tip
The biggest-priced winner of this race in the last eight years has been just 7/2, with five favourites or joint-favourites winning. So, it’s best to stick with the horses near the head of the market.
It’s easy to make a case for Presenting Percy, though the market may be a good guide to how much his shrewd trainer fancies him after a long spell on the sidelines. The same can be said of Coquin Mans, but the booking of Ruby Walsh suggests he’s the main fancy among the Willie Mullins sextet.
However, the value may be an each-way play on Darasso who, in receipt of 5lb from the principals, only has 1lb and 2lb to find with them on adjusted ratings. This expensive purchase by JP McManus will also surely improve for his first run for his new stable and the step up in trip.
Galmoy Hurdle Free Tip
Darasso Each-Way @ 7.00 Betvictor, 5.50 Betfair and PaddyPower