The Guinness Galway Hurdle – one of the longest standing sponsorships in Irish racing – features on day four of the Festival.
Omagh jockey Simon Torrens, who had to settle for fourth in last night’s Galway Plate, is again scheduled to partner the ante post favourite Winner Takes It All – one of a quartet of runners owned by JP Mc Manus.
The local rider’s mount won at Wexford last time and carries the near minimum weight.
The leading Irish owner also has Hearts Are Trumps entered and always goes well at this track while the McManus stable jockey Mark Walsh is aboard the Denise Foster trained Magic Tricks.
Tudor City winner of the feature in 2019 could be overpriced at 33/1 while £600 bargain buy Skyace won the Mares Novice Hurdle at the Down Royal Festival last year for trainer Shark Hanlon.
Northern trainers are well represented on today’s card. Armagh trainer, Keith Watson has Odd Venture entered in the opening novice hurdle and New Society - a winner on the flat at the Maze last week engaged in the three mile handicap hurdle with Now Where Or When another local contender in the race.
Downpatrick trainer, Brian Hamilton runs Archies Charm in the Beginners Chase while Banbridge handler, Sarah Dawson has Magic Sea entered in the Arthur Guinness Chase.
Banbridge, placed in local point to points, is unbeaten in his last three starts for trainer Joseph O’Brien and appears on the upgrade in the novice hurdle.
The winner of last night’s Galway Plate, the Willie Mullins-trained Royal Rendezvous (10s to 5/1 favourite) which finished runner up in the race last year, is owned by Dr Peter Fitzgerald, Chairman of the Crumlin based-Randox Medical Company which sponsors the Aintree Grand National.