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Torrens eyes five-star day after maiden Galway win



Omagh jockey Simon Torrens

Omagh jockey Simon Torrens

Omagh jockey Simon Torrens

Omagh jockey Simon Torrens, who rode his first Galway winner in the opener aboard Guinevere last night, is in demand today with five rides, including course winner Tesseract in the Galway Blazers Chase but has Bay Hill to beat.

The Grade B Handicap hurdle is the feature with champion trainer Willie Mullins running no fewer than seven in the £80,000 contest.

Stable jockey Paul Townend opts for Canardier and the trainer's son Patrick is on Sayo, while his nephew, Danny, partners Diamond Hill.

The Jam Man represents Armagh handler Ronan McNally, while Torrens has another good opportunity on Ego des Mottes, trained by Mullins for McManus in the Adare Handicap Hurdle - the contest sponsored by Ireland's top owner. Millyinthemiddle, second at Ballybrit on Wednesday, and Acclamatio look the pair to beat.

Last night McNally became the first Northern Ireland handler to record success at this year's Festival when The Trigger easily claimed the Pre Brew Hurdle. Galway Plate winning jockey, Mark Walsh successful deputised for regular pilot Sean Flanagan presently on the injured list.

Dundrod trainer Paul Traynor bids to complete a mixed hat trick with Shumaker - a winner on the flat on Derby day at Down Royal in the Galway Tribes Hurdle, where the locally trained Décor Irlandis represents Noel Kelly but shoulders top weight. Western Boy, Filon D'oudairies and Fan De Blues are a trio holding superior form.

Blazer, hampered by a faller when travelling well in the Plate, could gain compensation the handicap chase.

Locally-owned The Storyteller was pulled up at an early stage in the same race, however Davy Russell opted for Mengil Khan only for the top jockey to last night stand himself down from duty after aggravating an old hip injury.

Risk Factor can claim the opener with Draperstown trainer Noel Kelly doubly represented by Thimbleweed and Usain Bolt.

GALWAY SELECTIONS: 4.45 Risk Factor 5.15 Ego Des Mottes 5.45 Fan de Blues 6.15 Diamond Hill 6.45 Global jackpot 7.15 Blazer 7.45 Bay Hill 8.15 Hollowed Star

Belfast Telegraph