Sunday 24 September 2017

Willie Millins' Pique Sous a doubt for Galway Hurdle

Pique Sous, with Paul Townend up, on the way to winning at Fairyhouse last season
Pique Sous, with Paul Townend up, on the way to winning at Fairyhouse last season

Ashley Iveson

Pique Sous is not yet a certain runner for the Guinness Galway Hurdle on August 1.

The Willie Mullins-trained grey won a Grade Two at Fairyhouse on his last start over hurdles in April and is the 6-1 joint-favourite with Paddy Power for the Ballybrit feature.

However, Steve Massey, racing manager for his owners, Supreme Racing, said: "He's still in the Galway Hurdle, but we'll wait and see what weight he gets before we decide whether to run.

"It's his first handicap, so it will be interesting. We'll also keep an eye on the weather as we need the rain to stay away.

"It's fantastic to have the favourite for the Galway Hurdle, but we're not getting carried away and he has other options.

"He'll also be entered for a Flat race on Monday."

Pique Sous could spearhead a strong team for Supreme Racing at the Galway Festival, with Ask Vic, Shesafoxylady and Bluemountainbeach all lined up for various bumpers during the week.

Uranna and Great Jones could also make the journey to Ballybrit, while impressive Limerick scorer Supreme Bailerina will either head to Galway or for a winner's bumper at Wexford this Friday.

Massey said: "It could be a busy week and it's really exciting. One or two haven't run before, so we're looking forward to getting them started.

"We could have 10 or 11 runners altogether. I'd definitely take one winner now if it was offered to me."

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