Galway Handicap Hurdle

16:35 Galway Handicap Hurdle 2018 (2m)

Galway Handicap Hurdle

Max Dynamite will be one of the leading challengers for the 2017 Galway Handicap Hurdle at the Galway Festival, which takes place on August 3, but the competitive betting heat will see a host of runners in with a chance of landing the huge prize, with Tigris River and Timiyan just a couple of notable contenders.

Swamp Fox put up a bold effort when second earlier in the week, and is aiming to build on that performance, while the likes of Western Boy and Automated add more depth to what is a thrilling contest for punters on Thursday afternoon.

16:35 Galway Handicap Hurdle
1. Tigris River - B Geraghty - J O'Brien 5/1
2. Swamp Fox - B Browne (7) - J Murphy 8/1
3. Airlie Beach - P Townend - W Mullins 9/1
4. Joey Sassa - S Flanagan - N Meade 25/1
20 Ran

2018 Galway Handicap Hurdle Odds

Awaiting Odds......

2017 Racecard

No.RunnerDetails
1
Clondaw Warrior
Clondaw Warrior (IRE)
Ms K Walsh
W Mullins
10 yrs / 164 lbs
2369-6

Last year's winner is 12lb higher and faces a tough task in the circumstances

2
Ivan Grozny
Ivan Grozny (FR)
D E Mullins
W Mullins
7 yrs / 159 lbs
1156-3

Competed at a high level last season, should be sharper for run behind Plinth at Tipperary

3
Swamp Fox
Swamp Fox (IRE)
B Browne
Joseph G Murphy
5 yrs / 157 lbs
30-411

In great form winning two handicap hurdles before fine second in Monday's big amateur race

4
Court Minstrel
Court Minstrel (IRE)
M Bastyan
E Williams
10 yrs / 154 lbs
090-42

On long losing run at present, ran well at Stratford in June, tough task in this company

5
Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison (IRE)
D N Russell
A Martin
10 yrs / 153 lbs
F347/4

Winner of this event in 2014, fourth to Plinth at Tipperary on first run since 2015

6
Plinth
Plinth (IRE)
J J Slevin
J P O'Brien
7 yrs / 151 lbs
45-131

Third to Swamp Fox in a Ballinrobe handicap before winning Tipperary Grade 3 contest

7
Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach (IRE)
P Townend
W Mullins
7 yrs / 150 lbs
11062-

Last win was when making it seven in a row in last year's Royal Bond, first handicap today

8
Fergall
Fergall (IRE)
Kevin Jones
J S Mullins
10 yrs / 150 lbs
7/43-F

Veteran ran well up to the point of his fall at the last in the Swinton Hurdle at Haydock

9
Max Dynamite
Max Dynamite (FR)
R Walsh
W Mullins
7 yrs / 150 lbs
44F72/

First hurdles run since second to Quick Jack in this in 2015, has had a long layoff

10
The Game Changer
The Game Changer (IRE)
James Bowen
G Elliott
8 yrs / 149 lbs
P0PPP-

Out of sorts when set some very tough tasks over fences towards the end of last season

11
Tigris River
Tigris River (IRE)
B J Geraghty
J P O'Brien
6 yrs / 149 lbs
/45-71

Fifth in this race last year, big chance now after last month's Bellewstown win

12
Automated
Automated
B Cooper
G Elliott
6 yrs / 147 lbs
45105-

Fair fifth in as strong handicap at Punchestown festival; ran on the Flat here on Monday

13
Joey Sasa
Joey Sasa (IRE)
S W Flanagan
N Meade
8 yrs / 147 lbs
13207-

Useful novice last season but does not seem particularly well handicapped

14
Ornua
Ornua (IRE)
B T O'Connell
H De Bromhead
6 yrs / 147 lbs
136-11

On the upgrade to judge from wins at Down Royal and Clonmel in May, makes handicap debut

15
Princely Conn
Princely Conn (IRE)
D J Mullins
T Mullins
8 yrs / 147 lbs
/1263-

Third to Clondaw Warrior here last year, should be well primed following recent Flat run

16
Western Boy
Western Boy (IRE)
J S McGarvey
P Fahy
8 yrs / 146 lbs
P9S/1-

Now 8lb higher than winning at Punchestown in April, trainer had a winner here on Monday

17
Project Bluebook
Project Bluebook (FR)
B Hughes
J J Quinn
4 yrs / 145 lbs
11341-

Smart juvenile hurdler, won a Grade 2 event at Fairyhouse in April, recent run on Flat

18
Ancient Sands
Ancient Sands (IRE)
Rachael Blackmore
J Kiely
9 yrs / 144 lbs
5074-3

Sixth to Clondaw Warrior in this race last season, ran creditably on the Flat at Killarney

19
Timiyan
Timiyan (USA)
A Coleman
G Elliott
6 yrs / 144 lbs
139-11

Has shown good form in winning both handicap hurdle starts since joining Gordon Elliott

20
Shrewd
Shrewd
H Brooke
I Jardine
7 yrs / 141 lbs
13110/

A long time since he ran over hurdles, finished in rear in the Ascot Stakes last time

21
All The Answers
All The Answers

J P O'Brien
6 yrs / 141 lbs
13F-25

First reserve, dual course winner over hurdles, did not jump well over fences on Tuesday

22
Morga
Morga (IRE)
B R Dalton
D McDonogh
7 yrs / 140 lbs
2320-6

Second reserve, versatile sort whose Flat form has included a Listed second at this track

23
St Stephens Green
St Stephens Green (IRE)

E Mullins
6 yrs / 140 lbs
1F90-1

Third reserve, Killarney handicap hurdle winner was in action on the Flat here yesterday