Lambe wants Tony McCoy for Galway races
Benburb trainer Jim Lambe is hopeful of having champion jockey Tony McCoy riding for him at the Galway Festival which begins on Monday.
Lambe said: “I would really love him to ride Hunting Tower on whom he has won four times — twice at Wetherby and at Sedgefield and Towcester.
“The whole arrangement revolves around McCoy being available but he appears to be keen to ride and this is now a matter for his agent.
“I also have Natal who is my best chance at the meeting, having won there last year. He goes for a chase while another I am keen on is Vivaldi who was second at Sligo last time out.
“I Hear A Symphony and Tadgh are the other two runners at the meeting but I may also run Auenschutze who was second to Final day at the last Downpatrick meeting. However, he may go to Downpatrick again for the Sunday meeting on August 8.”
Lambe goes into the big festival in top form, having landed a double at Ballinrobe earlier in the week with Vivaldi and Yachvili.
Final Day is likely to represent
Gordon Elliott at the Festival and should be worth following as he has been successful not only at Downpatrick but also at Down Royal in June.
Elliott looks like having a bundle of runners at the meeting while Colin McBratney also has a strong hand.
McBratney is taking Magnum Force who was fourth in a flat race at Bellewstown and will run in the Galway Hurdle with AP McNamara in the saddle.
McNamara has been a regular for McBratney in recent times and is likely to figure on the Crossgar trainer’s other horses at the meeting, including Dumitas who was fourth at Down Royal, and Carsonstown Boy who goes for the Guinness Chase after he was third in the Galway Plate Trial Chase at Down Royal.
Mon Oiseaux goes for the Galway Blazer Chase at the end of the meeting.
McBratney won this race with Bald Joker who also took the Connacht National at Sligo.
The trainer said: “I have nothing in the Galway Plate. Ballyholland has had a setback and it’s disappointing he won’t be defending his title. My other runners should go well and I am hopeful of Carsonstown Boy in the Guinness Chase.”
Noel Meade is confident Nicanor can make his presence felt in the Plate on Wednesday.
The nine-year-old has had his fair share of injury problems since winning twice in Grade One company in 2006, but Meade hopes a recent spin over hurdles will leave him spot-on for the Ballybrit highlight.
“He's in the Plate and I'm very happy with him,” said the Co. Meath handler. Eoin Doyle has the top weight in The Fonze following the defection of Church Island but is only 50-50 to run under 11st 8lbs.
“He’d probably still run a blinder with the weight but it’s a big negative,” said Doyle.
Larne trainer Roy Wilson will have no runners at Galway but has his eyes on the Perth meeting next Tuesday with Flemross who fell at Down Royal in the Galway Plate Trial when going like a winner.
Huncheon Wells and Kirpatrick’s Pride are two other runners which Wilson intends taking to the Scottish meeting.