Ray Flanagan with Thursday selections
Not as enticing of cards today from a betting perspective but we will try a couple of darts at The Galway Hurdle nonetheless.
Galway 6.45- Galway Hurdle- Buildmeupbuttercup and Felix Desjy
Buildmeupbuttercup has been a frustrating horse particularly over hurdles where he has not yet reached his full potential on account of being a bad jumper. He did remarkably well to get as close as he did in the Bar One Hurdle, The Ladbroke Hurdle and The County Hurdle despite sloppy hurdling in all races. It is testament to the horses ability that he managed to travel sweetly on the bridle in all those races despite the disadvantage he was putting himself at with his hurdling technique.
Why should things be any different today. We are hoping that Mullins will have worked extensively on his hurdling technique since Cheltenham and encouragingly he is Townsend’s choice today indicating a big run is expected.
It was also encouraging to read Patrick Mullins piece in the Irish Independent. He pointed out that the hurdles at Galway are well spaced out and it is less of a disadvantage to be an average jumper here than at other tracks.
Who knows- after many false dawns maybe today will be Buildmeupbuttercup’s day.
One horse who could have a class edge is Felix Desjy. A high class novice hurdler two seasons ago , he was the superior of Aramon in that sphere and receives four pounds from that rival this afternoon. After a lengthy absence he returned with a comfortable win on the flat at Navan and could prove hard to peg back granted a fluent round.
I do not normally follow these overhyped horses but the prices are tempting enough to take a flyer on Mogul this afternoon. Highly touted by Ballydoyle, the perception is we will see an improved performance from this big horse on his third start of the season. Thus far racecourse efforts have not matched the hype but he ran well enough in an unsatisfactory Epsom Derby and entirely possible that he will be good enough to emerge as better than English King and Khalifa Sat.
1.5 pts ew-Buildmeupbuttercup-6.45 Galway-7-1 SkyBet
1 pt win-Felix Desjy-6.45 Galway-5-1 General
1 pt win-Mogul-2.45 Goodwood-11-2 General