Galway weights revealed
REIGNING Galway Hurdle hero Overturn will have to defy a stone rise in the ratings if Donald McCain's gelding is to repeat last year's emphatic victory in the richest jump race on these shores.
The smart dual-purpose performer has been allotted top weight of 11st 10lbs for the €260,000 Galway Festival feature, for which there are 41 entries including last year's second and third, Bahrain Storm (11st 5lb) and Dirar (10-1).
The Pat Flynn-trained Bahrain Storm is also among the 59 entries for the Tote-sponsored €200,000 Galway Plate in which he is set to carry 9-10. Plate top-weight Captain Cee Bee (11-10) is also an entry for the Hurdle in which Eddie Harty's charge has 10-11.
There are currently 27 Plate entries in the handicap proper including last year's winner Finger Onthe Pulse (10-8), while other interesting contenders are Majestic Concorde (11-0).
Finger Onthe Pulse's owner JP McManus again has a formidable team to choose from with the likes of Dancing Tornado (10-7), Head Of The Posse (10-3) and Nicky Henderson's Aigle D'Or (9-11) among the entries.
Elsewhere, there was an Irish-trained winner at Ffos Las yesterday when Mark Loughnane's Just for Mary won by just over a length from Pinball.