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Sandymount Duke can give Rolling Stones star Wood some satisfaction

 

By Ron McKnight

The Tote Galway Plate Trial features on the first session of the Summer Festival at Down Royal tonight.

The top-rated pair of Devils Bride and Sandymount Duke are the ones to focus on. The former is trained by Henry De Bromhead, who has claimed the last two renewals of the £25,000 chase, but Devils Bride will need improvement on third at Killarney last time.

Sandymount Duke, owned by The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood, gets the selection to supplement success at Punchestown last time for trainer Jessica Harrington.

I'm An Izz Wizz and Cecil Corbett - winners at Downpatrick last weekend - have place prospects.

Top jockey Davy Russell is a notable booking for the Gordon Elliott-trained Penny Jane in the opening Mares Hurdle, with Is She Diesel the obvious danger.

Elliott appears to hold the key to the second race, being represented by Knockmaole Boy and Canny Tom, and while the latter finished second at Downpatrick, the preference is for Knockmaole Boy, the mount of Russell and runner-up at Ballinrobe last time.

Fort Montague and L'Andana would be the each way alternatives.

Rashan, a winner at the track's winter showcase fixture, gets the opportunity to get back to form over hurdles in the novice event having won on the level at Clonmel last time. Marinero could complete the forecast.

The Sean Graham Handicap Hurdle attracts a maximum field and is the most competitive race on the card. The JP McManus-owned Steamboat Quay was runner-up at Clonmel and gets a confident vote with Mark Wash aboard the Elliott-trained horse.

Grey Mountain Mist, Wiphania and Authoritative all warrant consideration, however Triolet - trained at Crossgar by Colin McBratney - could prove the major threat.

Kalopsia, Definite Income, Billy's Hope and Plain Talking form the shortlist in the Mares Novice chase. Elliott is doubly represented with Strike Is Back looking the preferred choice to Theatre Wine. Kalopsia is a useful dual purpose performer and could prove the safest option.

The Joseph O'Brien-trained Los Alamos was third on his debut at the Maze prior to winning at Punchestown and looks the likely favourite in the concluding bumper.

Gagas Horse is a rare runner at the track for former top jockey Adrian Maguire and is the mount of his son, Finny, and rates a major danger to the favourite.

Tadhgs Girl, second on her debut, represents Elliott while Corella Creek provides interest after winning her two-points outing for Fermanagh trainer David Christie. Gagas Horse offers the value bet.

Selections: 5.45 Penny Jane 6.15 Knockmaole Boy 6.50 Rashan 7.20 Steamboat Quay 7.55 Kalopsia 8.30 Sandymount Duke 9.00 Gagas Horse

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