Tuesday 12 December 2017

Cromwell to do his 'Talking' on the track

Plain Talking ridden by Brien Kane in 2016 Photo: PA Wire
Plain Talking ridden by Brien Kane in 2016 Photo: PA Wire

Johnny Ward

Plain talking can end the Galway Festival on a high note for excellent Meath trainer Gavin Cromwell tomorrow. The daughter of Primary was a winner over much shorter on lively ground for Andy Oliver.

For Cromwell she has illustrated that stamina is her forte. Plain Talking was a Galway Festival winner hurdling last year off 113 and is something of a handicap certainty back on the level from a good draw under Ronan Whelan in the JPK Fencing Handicap off 58.

Tomorrow's jumping feature is the Lord Hemphill Memorial Handicap Steeplechase, a race of limited punting appeal. Perhaps Killiney Court can dictate now for Henry de Bromhead.

Willie Mullins is strongly represented today and, despite a costly failure to score at Downpatrick, Ben Button should be hard to beat in the Kenny Galway Handicap Hurdle on the easier ground.

Twelve months ago Alelchi Inois took the At The Races Steeplechase after finishing second in the Plate, and stablemate Shaneshill looks liable to follow his path for Mullins.

Riven Light could also double up for the stable in the €100,000 feature but he will have to do it the hard way, and preference is for Galway regular Baraweez. Brian Ellison's charge ran well behind Riven Light on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Caravaggio is reported to be in good orderby Aidan O'Brien ahead of the colt's bid to bounce back to winning ways in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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