Friday 25 May 2018

Bowe's Jaime Sommers and High Nellie face Galway battle

Jaime Sommers is a more than useful performer. Photo: Getty Images
Jaime Sommers is a more than useful performer. Photo: Getty Images

Thomas Kelly

Trainer Michael Bowe lets his two recent winners Jaime Sommers and High Nellie do battle in the Deacy Gilligan Mares Hurdle at Galway.

The Bowe family are no strangers to handling top-class mares, with Michael's father, James, the trainer of the brilliant Solerina, winning 22 races, including the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse, in three successive years between 2003 and 2005.

Michael has had a few smart ones since taking over the licence, most notably dual Grade Two winner Sweet Kiln.

His two latest winners are unlikely to scale those heights, although Jaime Sommers is a more than useful performer and following three consecutive runner-up finishes she was not winning out of turn when landing a valuable handicap hurdle at Kilbeggan earlier in the month.

She is top-weight for this seven-runner affair, but with regular rider Cathal Landers claiming 7lb, she should still be a tough nut to crack.

Wexford scorer High Nellie receives a decent chunk of weight from her stablemate, but is rated almost 30lb inferior.

Perhaps the biggest danger to Jaime Sommers is the Willie Mullins-trained Contingency.

The four-year-old made a successful start to her jumping career at Tramore a month ago, winning with plenty to spare, and looks yet another high-class mare for the champion trainer to go to war with.

Mullins introduces Stratum to the jumping game in the opening Galway 2020 Maiden Hurdle.

The Tony Bloom-owned youngster won once from eight starts on the level for John Gosden, but was placed on six occasions and earned himself a rating of 87.

Dundrum Lad is likely to be popular with punters in the Anglo Printers Handicap Hurdle.

Trained by Mags Mullins and owned by JP McManus, the Westerner gelding won readily on his return from nearly a year off at Sligo last month and a 7lb rise is negated by Donal McInerney's claim.

Filly Mullins, third on her debut, looks the most likely winner of the bumper.

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