Tuesday 21 November 2017

Galileo's Choice sends Festival message

Galileo's Choice landed the odds with the minimum of fuss in the Easter Festival 8th-10th April Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse yesterday.

The Dermot Weld-trained six-year-old was prominent in the betting for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival before making his seasonal reappearance, and he did his prospects no harm with a convincing display.

Grand National hopeful Becauseicouldntsee set out to make all of the running over this two-mile contest and led until just before the final flight.

However, Robbie McNamara brought Galileo's Choice with a menacing run and the 2/9 favourite jumped to the front before going on to win by four and a half lengths without getting out of second gear.

Becauseicouldntsee stuck on well for second ahead of Terminal, whose four-race winning run ended in disappointing fashion.

Weld said: "It was a pleasing performance. Robbie said he wouldn't be in love with the ground and apart from a slight mistake three out, I was pleased with the performance.

"It didn't tell us anything we didn't already know about him, but it was more experience for him and, provided everything goes well, he'll take his chance in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

"He'll be a better horse on nice ground, is a dual-purpose horse rated 110 on the Flat and can win more Group races.

"If everything goes well in his next race, he'll go back on the Flat then -- staying Group races will be his main profession this year."

Irish Independent

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