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Galway Preview: Aupcharlie the Plate punt

| 30.07.2014

Trainer Henry de Bromhead is in good form at present, and his Aupcharlie looks decent each-way value in an ultra-competitive renewal of the Galway Plate (5.30).

The gelding is a smart sort who finished third in the 2011 running of the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival and has run some good races in top class company since being sent chasing.

The eight-year-old finished a cracking head runner-up to Back In Focus in the Grade 1 Topaz Chase at Leopardstown last season, and the winner is a smart sort who is now rated 149.

Aupchralie was rated 153 after that effort, but failed to win again and ended the season coming to grief at the closing stages of races at Punchestown and Gowran Park when holding every chance.

However, the son of Daliapour got back to winning ways on his first run this year when easily beating Miley Shah by just over four lengths at Clonmel and then put in an eye-catching effort last time out when staying on well under tender handling to finish fourth of 15 to Orpheus Valley at Punchestown.

Aupcharlie finished with running left in him in the latter, and having since been dropped another 1lb gets into this contest off just 146.

That makes Aupcharlie look on a handy mark, and with cheekpieces on for the first time he looks overpriced in a race which should be run to suit.

The other bet that stands out on a trappy card is Greatness in the 2m 4f handicap hurdle (4.10).

Trained by the ultra-shrewd Tony Martin, the gelding left his maiden hurdles form well behind when winning on handicap debut at Kilbeggan last month off a rating of 97.

The four-year-old stayed on well from off the pace to beat The Parishioner with a bit mire in hand than the 1/2 length winning margin suggests, and four of those who finished in behind have since come out and won to give the form a rock solid look.

Greatness now runs off just 7lb higher, but is effectively running off the same mark if taking his rider’s 7lb claim into account.

That makes the son of Dalakhani look very well-treated, and off a feather-weight of just 10st Greatness looks sure to take all the beating for a yard that has already landed a big handicap at the Festival earlier in the week with Quick Jack.

3.00: Most Peculiar
3.35: Beach Of Falesa
4.10: Greatness (NAP)
4.45: Whitey O’ Gwaun
5.30: Aupcharlie (NB)
6.05: Moonbi Creek
6.40: Kings Ryker
7.10: Brooch

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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.