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Limini looks good for Mullins to win another feature

 

By Ron McKnight

The Noel Meade-trained Road To Riches is top weight in today's Galway Blazes Chase on day five of the Festival.

Winner of the Nicholson Chase at the 2014 Down Royal Festival, following victory in the Galway Plate that year, the horse missed out in Wednesday's renewal as it was only third reserve.

Spider Web and Mine Now could be the pair to beat today.

In the handicap hurdle, Dixie Lee, owned by Draperstown owner Pat Conway, is a consistent type trained by Dermot McLoughlin.

Political Policy beat the locally-owned Count Simon at Downpatrick and reoppose, however the talented On The Go Again. which missed the Galway Hurdle yesterday, and Top Of The Ra, winner of the big handicap hurdle at the Maze Festival last year are preferred.

Champion trainer Willie Mullins has a quartet engaged in the featured Guinness Handicap with Limini, runner-up in the Amateur Derby on Monday and Gustavus Vassa standing out - the last named formerly trained in Tyrone by Andy Oliver.

The King Of Galway, Dermot Weld, belatedly got on the scoreboard yesterday and Zuenoon has the profile of previous winners for the Rosewell House trainer in the opening Two-Year old Maiden.

Lure Of The Sea is another Weld runner in the fillies maiden having adopted the trainer's usual tactics in advance of Galway. Cache Queen won at Down Royal last Friday and with two runners already winning at the meeting could complete a hat trick.

Blazer, one of nine JP Mc Manus runners in the Galway Hurdle yesterday looked the possible winner jumping the final flight only to be outpaced in the closing stages by stable companion Sharjah, trained by Willie Mullins with the trainer's son Patrick in the saddle.

The winner, one of six saddled by the champion trainer in Ireland's most valuable hurdle, was having his first start in a handicap hurdle having been a useful performer on the flat.

Mullins junior - Ireland's Champion amateur said: "I'm in a very privileged position riding for my father.

"Galway has its own blend of magic - the Galway Hurdle is such an iconic race - the win is up there with the top of them [big race victories]."

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