Saturday 18 November 2017

Bob Lingo set to leave rivals in a spin

Bob Lingo, with Mark Walsh up, on their way to winning the Galway Plate at Ballybrit yesterday
Bob Lingo, with Mark Walsh up, on their way to winning the Galway Plate at Ballybrit yesterday
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

The final leg of Galway's three-day festival serves up another treat of a jumps card this evening, with Cause Of Causes, Bob Lingo and Hidden Cyclone all on duty.

Last year's Plate hero Bob Lingo is fancied to record his first win of 2013 in the Ryans Cleaning Chase under Mark Walsh.

Tom Mullins' veteran struggled under a big weight in deep ground in the Ballybrit feature in July, but the conditions of this two-mile-six-furlong contest suit the top-rated of the six runners.

On better ground, he ought to give a decent account of himself once again, with Sin Palo the obvious alternative, though he has plenty to do to concede weight all round.

Walsh is also trusted to land the nap on fellow JP McManus-owned Cause Of Causes. Since being acquired by the champion owner at the end of last term, Gordon Elliott's 2012 Galway Hurdle runner-up has taken time to find its form.

However, there was plenty to like about the way he kept on for third behind Shanpallas and Owega Star on his third start over fences at Killarney, and he makes his handicap bow now off 128. As a Ladbroke Hurdle winner off 142, that leaves him thrown in for the Guinness Handicap Chase.

For all that he disappointed last term, Hidden Cyclone is another star of the winter discipline and he gets the nod to secure the City Publicans Hurdle on his first start over hurdles since completing a hat-trick at Navan in March 2011.

John 'Shark' Hanlon's eight-year-old ran nicely to be second to Rathlin here at the main summer festival.

Captain Arceus is going to be a pretty formidable rival in this two-and-a-half-miler, but Andrew McNamara's mount receives 6lb from him, so this is a fine opportunity for him to record a morale-boosting victory.

Bellewstown maiden hurdle winner Minella For Value can outpoint Darroun for John Nallen and Davy Russell in the Eventus Beginners' Chase, while Donatis Comet should have a big say in the maiden hurdle.

This two-miler lacks depth and Pat Martin's David Splaine-ridden triple bumper winner showed enough in twice finishing second over flights at Sligo to suggest that this will be within his range.

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