Galway Preview: Weld can land Festival four-timer
Trainer Dermot Weld has a tremendous record at the Galway Festival, and looks to hold leading claims of landing a four-timer on this evening’s card courtesy of Manhattan Swing, Postulation, Grecian Tiger and Call Vinnie.
The master of Roswell is bidding to become top trainer at the meeting for an incredible 28th time, and has won the opening novice hurdle (5.10) six times in the past 10 years.
His representative this year is Manhattan Swing, who is rated 95 on the level and is potentially a very smart recruit to the hurdling ranks.
Although the four-year-old is yet to jump a hurdle in public, the son of Invincible Spirit is sure to have been schooled well and can makes his class tell to beat the JP McManus owned Henry Higgins.
Postulation shaped with plenty of promise on debut and can reverse placing with Jamaica to land the 7f maiden (6.10).
The son of Harlan’s Holiday finished three places behind Aidan O’Brien’s colt when sixth behind Gleneagles at the Curragh, but was sent off four points shorter in the betting and kept on well under tender handling.
The two-year-old looks sure to come on significantly for the outing, and this is a race which Weld has won eight times in the last decade.
The feature event of the evening is the Connacht Hotel Handicap (6.45), and Weld saddles Grecian Tiger and Pay Day Kitten.
The former looks the pick of the pair, and could on a handy mark now stepped up in trip.
The five-year-old won a bumper over 2m prior to winning at Gowran Park over 1m 6f, and shaped well on seasonal reappearance when finishing runner-up to News At Six at Fairyhouse over an inadequte 1m 2f.
Although beaten 11 lengths, Grecian Tiger didn’t help his chances by dwelling at the start and kept on well from off the pace without being unduly knocked about.
The step up 2m is is likely to see the son of Tiger Hill in a far better light, and he has clearly been laid out for this contest.
Call Vinnie changed hands for 90,000 euro after an impressive point-to-point and can make a winning debut for Weld in the bumper which closes the card (8.15).
The gelding is owned by Dr Lambe, who loves nothing more than to have winners at the Festival, and has reportedly been working very well at home in recent weeks.
5.10: Manhattan Swing
5.40: Artful Artist
6.10: Postulation (NB)
6.45: Grecian Tiger (NAP)
7.15: Botanical Lady
8.15: Call Vinnie