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Murphy looking for Top performance

Trainer Colm Murphy is hoping a return to the Flat will spark a revival in Top Spin's fortunes when he lines up for the Connacht Hotel (QR) Handicap at Galway on Monday, the feature race on the opening card of the seven-day Festival.

The eight-year-old, owned by JP McManus, is fit from two runs over hurdles this month, with t he latest coming only last week when he was a respectable fourth to Kylecrue at Tipperary.

He now has his first start on the level since May 2013 when he was unplaced in a 20-runner handicap over a mile and a half at the Curragh won by Paddy the Celeb.

"Touch wood, he seems in good order. He ran OK the last day in Tipperary," said Murphy.

"He hasn't been setting the world on fire over hurdles so we're hoping maybe going back to the Flat might rejuvenate him a little bit.

"He seems to be coming to himself. Fingers crossed, he'll run well."

McManus is also represented in the 19-runner field by Plinth. Aidan O'Brien's runner has an entry in the Guinness Galway Hurdle at the Ballybrit course on Thursday.

That also applies to others who include Tony Martin's Ted Veale and Gordon Elliott's Eshtiaal.

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