Published: Wed, April 20, 2016
Sport | By Scott Davis

Runners Set to Attend the Galway Races Summer Festival

Runners Set to Attend the Galway Races Summer Festival

As the end of April draws closer, the horse racing community is turning its attention to the upcoming Punchestown Festival running from April 26th-30th. After the impressive display of various runners at Aintree earlier this month, and with several of them making their way to compete in the Punchestown Gold Cup, the event renowned for being a great end to the jump season is shaping up to be a climatic one. However, it isn’t just the Irish Hunt affair that is capturing the interest of fans, for the Galway Races is already proving to have a bet worthy lineup, and with a couple of months still to go.

Annually hosted at Ballybrit Racecourse, and taking place over seven days, it is one of the longest race meets to take place in Ireland. Due to the prestige it inspires, and the high number of spectators that both watch and punt, it will be unsurprising to many that Willie Mullins is said to be attending the event. The respected trainer is a name circulating a lot of news these days after impressive displays from his runners at both Cheltenham and the Grand National.

According to the latest rumours, Mullins is considering six year old Avant Tout for Galway. Even though the chestnut gelding has yet to be a definite name among the Punchestown list, news is rife that he will aim for victory at Galway after his stirring win at Limerick. While the young horse looks to have a promising future, whether he attends the summer event is all down to how well he performs at Punchestown. 

It isn’t just Mullins who has his eyes on the July based races, for Pat Fahy is looking to take Morning Assembly, a nine year old bey gelding, to Ballybrit. Having showcased a dependable form at Aintree after a couple of difficult years prior, the horse appears to be in fine form and capable of running for the Galway Plate. Despite there being plenty of opportunities between now and July, Fahy is keen to give his previous Grade One winner a substantial amount of time to prepare. 

Another name that is mentioned as one of Coral’s tip for the race is five year old Superb Story, a bey gelding who looks set to succeed at Galway after an encouraging victory at the Cheltenham Festival. Even though Superb Story is in good form, and is more than able to run other races before Galway, Harry Skelton believes that by keeping the horse out of other races is the best way to prevent wasting his handicap before the big prize Irish race. Whether that tactic works though won’t be fully realised until Galway Hurdle itself, however, from what has been heard so far, the competition looks set to be a close one.

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