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Courts give green light for Pyromaniac's Galway run

By Ron McKnight

Published 26/07/2016

Pyromaniac can run in the Guinness Galway Hurdle on Thursday
Pyromaniac can run in the Guinness Galway Hurdle on Thursday

The Galway Festival featured in the Dublin High Court on the opening session yesterday, resulting in Pyromaniac getting to run in Thursday's £250,000 Guinness Galway Hurdle following the decision to allow a judicial review which will be heard at a later date.

The Tony Martin-trained horse was banned from running for 42 days after finishing sixth in a race at Killarney on July 12.

The top handler appealed the sanction and was partially successful with his £1700 fine for using the racecourse as a schooling ground quashed.

However, during Martin's evidence to the appeal board it was found the horse had a problem with his teeth which it was ruled would have harmed his chances of winning.

Martin was fined £900 and Pyromaniac's 42-day ban stood.

Martin said: "We've got a judicial review and at the moment he is free to run - if he's well and we're happy with him, that's the plan."

Scarva trainer Natalia Lupini, who has only eight horses in training, transfers her attentions to Glorious Goodwood today having been represented on the opening session of the Galway Festival last night by Blairmayne, which finished a close fourth from a very wide draw in the seven furlong handicap.

The local handler's stable star, Abstraction, runs in the Weatherbys Private Bank Handicap and gets his preferred good/firm going after running at the Curragh last time when the ground turned soft on the day.

Prior to that effort, Abstraction had registered two solid placings when narrowly denied at Cork and Naas. In 2014, the useful sprinter had a race won at Meydan only to veer across the course within the shadow of the post - finishing fourth, less than a length behind the winner.

Originally from Italy, Lupini is enjoying a good season and her star sprinter can reward each way support, currently rated 22/1 for the Goodwood contest with the trainer having booked top jockey Andrea Atzeni.

The mile handicap sponsored by Colm Quinn's BMW features on tonight's Galway card and the £120,000 contest is again an ultra-competitive event.

Jim Bolger and his son-in-law/stable jockey Kevin Manning, who were in double form at the Maze on Friday evening, are represented by Ringside Humour which reverts back in distance.

Dermot Weld, champion trainer at the Galway Festival 29 times, is doubly represented with Ashraf and Karalara - the pair owned by His Highness the Aga Khan.

Veteran Brendan Bracken, winner of the feature in 2013 and fifth last year, will represent Ger Lyons, who produced smart two-year-old Dancing Waves to win at Down Royal on Friday, however stable jockey Colin Keane has opted for Sea Wolf.

British challenger Baraweez, having finished second last year and third in 2014, has a third attempt at landing the prize for trainer Brian Ellison, who launches a three-pronged assault with Top Notch Tonto and Stilulate engaged - the latter the mount of Donacha O'Brien with the jockey's father Aidan opting to run General Macarthur.

However, the locally-bred Lily's Rainbow, trained by Denise Foster, offers each way value at 40/1.

Former Ulster point to pointer Briar Hill makes his chasing debut for champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins in the beginners chase while Mullins is doubly represented in the opener with Master Of Verse - runner-up at Downpatrick last week - and Penhill but the JP McManus-owned Oathkeeper looks the one beat.

Couldshouldwould, fitted with first time cheek pieces, could supply Tyrone trainer Andy Oliver with another Festival winner.

Oliver is also represented by Grey Sky Blue in the two mile handicap with the Armagh-trained Shamar set to carry top weight while Tony Martin has a duo engaged with Spacious Sky and Artful Artist.

TONIGHT'S GALWAY TOP TIPS: 5.15 Oathkeeper 5.45 BriarHill 6.15 Eziyra 6.50 Sikandarabad 7.20 Lily's Rainbow 7.50 Couldshouldwould 8.20 Artful Artist

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