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Flynn hoping for Galway repeat

Pat Flynn does not expect Bahrain Storm's inexperience over fences to be a problem when he goes for glory in the Galway Plate.

The eight-year-old won the Galway Hurdle at the popular midsummer festival in 2009 and booked a return trip with an impressive display at Killarney on Monday night.

The gelding has had just four starts over fences but Flynn believes he possesses all the attributes to make his mark on July 27.

"Things went very well and it was a prep race for the Plate. I ran him back over two miles to sharpen his jumping up a bit and I thought he jumped impeccably," said the trainer.

"He's an excellent horse. As well as being in the Plate, he's also in the Galway Hurdle, which he won a couple of years ago, but it's 90% likely he'll run in the chase.

"If Overturn happens to come over and run in the hurdle, then we could put a claimer on our lad and get in on a nice weight, so that could tempt us. We're keeping an open mind at the moment but we're very, very happy with him.

"It's not easy to win the Galway Plate with a novice like him, but he's a forward horse and he's a very clever horse. He just flicks over his fences."

Flynn has recently launched a website and will file regular updates on Bahrain Storm's preparation on

Another set to take his chance at Galway is the Paul Nicholls-trained Rebel du Marquis, who has won four of his nine starts over fences and also holds an entry in the Summer Plate, the big race at Market Rasen this weekend.

Nicholls tweeted: "Rebel du Marquis misses Market Rasen Saturday and runs in the Galway Plate."


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