Sport Horse Racing

Monday 22 January 2018

Cyclone likely to miss Galway Plate

Hidden Cyclone
Hidden Cyclone

Thomas Kelly

Hidden Cyclone is the latest horse to be all but ruled out of next Wednesday's Galway Plate.

With original top weight Rebel Fitz more likely to take in another engagement at the meeting, trainer John 'Shark' Hanlon is set to keep his stable star away from the feature race of the Festival for at least a year.

Along with several other trainers, Hanlon is considering running his charge in Tuesday's Latin Quarter Chase. "I'm 95pc sure he won't go for the Plate, he'll go for the conditions race the day before," Hanlon stated.

"It's the same trip. He's rated 150 and there mightn't be a higher-rated horse than him.

"It's his first run for six months and while it would be lovely to go and win a Plate, it can be a rough race and a lot of things can happen in it.

"We'll be hoping this race has a smaller field and he'll have a right chance. In a year's time he might be a Plate horse."

Rathlin is another which could transfer to Tuesday's conditions chase as the Michael O'Leary-owned gelding may be lumbered with top weight in the Plate.

The Guinness Galway Hurdle will have at least one runner from England as John Ferguson's progressive Sea Lord is set to take his chance in Thursday's valuable showpiece.

The son of Cape Cross has won his last four starts, including a valuable handicap hurdle at Market Rasen last Saturday, and will be Ferguson's first runner at the Galway Festival.

Noel Meade is to take on Ferguson's improving novice with both Dylan Ross and Il Fenomeno, while the former champion trainer will let Muirhead take his chance in the Plate.

Brian Ellison has also indicated that Global Village will make the journey from his base in North Yorkshire to run in Tuesday's big race, The Topaz Mile.

Jason Maguire will be free to ride at the meeting after the Meath jockey escaped further punishment over his use of the whip on Atlanta Falcon at Cartmel on Monday.

The incident was referred to the disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority as it was his fifth offence for misuse of the whip in the last six months which warranted a ban of between two and six days.

However, having viewed recordings of the race and on hearing evidence from Maguire, who was legally represented, his first two uses of the whip were deemed to have happened further than 660 yards from the finish and were used to keep his mount in contention.

As a result, Maguire was found not in breach and no further action was taken.

Meanwhile, Dawn Approach and Toronado are on course for another mouthwatering clash in next Wednesday's Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

The star three-year-olds feature among 13 horses confirmed for the mile showpiece, with Aidan O'Brien leaving in Royal Ascot winners Gale Force Ten and Declaration Of War.

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