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High note: Billy Lee, alongside Nessun Dorma, celebrates winning the Guinness Handicap at the Galway Festival yesterday
High note: Billy Lee, alongside Nessun Dorma, celebrates winning the Guinness Handicap at the Galway Festival yesterday

By Ron McKnight

Truffles and Camlann have already been winners this week at Ballybrit, while Well Why Not also has his second outing of the week for Armagh trainer Adrian McAllister as the Galway Festival concludes.

Top jockey Chris Hayes again takes the mount on Well Why Not. However, Our Legend, fourth to Sharjah on the flat at Fairyhouse, had that form boosted with the latter claiming the most valuable festival race, the Galway Hurdle on Thursday.

The Willie Mullins-trained Timi Roli, owned by Belfast's George Creighton - former joint owner of champion Hurricane Fly - contests the £100,000 handicap hurdle with Danny Mullins aboard. The jumps jockey recorded a major victory on the flat earlier in the week.

Mullins saddles eight in the race, including Uradel, the winner of Galway's Amateur Derby on Monday, while stable jockey Ruby Walsh opts for Shanning - a Galway winner when last seen in October last year.

JP McManus owns five of the runners with Oscar Knight possibly the best of the quintet. Local amateur riders Mark O'Hare and Declan Lavery partner Iamastartoo and Krujers Girl respectively in the concluding bumper.

Castlehume, owned by a Fermanagh-based syndicate and trained by Noel Meade, has major claims in the opening handicap hurdle tomorrow.

Veteran Ballyclare trainer Harry Smyth returned to the winners enclosure at Down Royal after an absence of several years to the delight of fellow trainers and locals and travels to Ballybrit with recent stable addition Steamboat Bill, formerly trained by Gordon Elliott.

The Belfast-based Sloan family also have Major Destination in the Kenny Hurdle, while The White Volcano - only third reserve earlier in the week - will aim to take his chance for Armagh trainer John Woods with solid each way prospects following an easy victory at the Maze.

Walsh again opts for Saturnas, which disappointed in the Plate, with Mullins having a quartet in the SCL Chase over the Plate distance.

The Champion trainer also sends out Alechi Inois, winner of the race in 2016, and Haymount, another pair to have contested the Galway feature chase.

The locally-owned Drumconnor Lad bids to return to winning ways in the Lord Hemphill Chase with Blast Of Koeman the form pick.

Camlann has solid prospects of doubling up for the week in the JPK handicap on the level (5.30pm tomorrow).

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