De Bromhead gearing up for another 'Turn' in Galway Plate
Last year's winner Shanahan's Turn is set to lead trainer Henry de Bromhead's assault on the tote.com Galway Plate on July 27.
The last horse to claim back-to-back victories in the Ballybrit showpiece was Ansar in 2004-'05, but Shanahan's Turn has this year yet to show anything like the form he produced to beat The Paparrazi Kid by five-and-a-half lengths.
Sadler's Risk, third behind his stablemate last summer, is also likely to take up the challenge again along with another stablemate Home Farm.
"Shanahan's Turn, Sadler's Risk and Home Farm are definites for the Plate and are being aimed at it, and there might be one or two others, too," said De Bromhead.
"Shanahan's Turn is a bit in and out, but has been like that even before the Plate last year. He ran a shocker at Killarney and I was actually in two minds about running him in the Plate, but he just came alive. He's a funny guy and is 9lb higher now. Sadler's Risk was third last year and had a great run the other day but is also 13lb higher. However, if Road To Riches (2014 winner) runs, you'll need to be up around that rating to get in."
Elsewhere, Newmarket clerk of the course Michael Prosser could not be happier with the condition of the track ahead of the July Meeting which begins tomorrow.
Considering the last meeting saw the going turn heavy after thunderstorms, it has dried out quickly and is currently described as good to firm, good in places.
The highlight of the opening day is the Princess of Wales's Arqana Racing Club Stakes, for which seven have been declared, including Kevin Ryan's 2014 French Derby winner The Grey Gatsby, which will be trying a mile and a half for just the second time.
In the Arqana July Stakes, Coventry runner-up Mehmas tackles impressive Windsor Castle winner Ardad with the promising Broken Stones and Love Dream in opposition, along with Aidan O'Brien's Intelligence Cross. O'Brien runs Housesofparliament in the Bahrain Trophy.
Meanwhile, Josh Moore expects to be out of the saddle for around six weeks after a fall at Worcester on Monday.
Moore suffered a back injury when he parted company with Come On You, trained by his father Gary, in a two-mile-seven-furlong handicap chase.