Winters goes for glory with Missunited
Twelve months on from Rebel Fitz's Guinness Galway Hurdle victory, Mick Winters shoots for glory once again with Missunited at the Ballybrit track.
Winters enjoyed the biggest win of his career when Rebel Fitz ran out a narrow winner in the handicap feature and he is under no illusion as to the task Missunited faces this time around.
The six-year-old was a Grade Three winner at Limerick last season and has been plying her trade to good effect on the level of late, being placed three times at Listed level.
She proved a bitter disappointment when last seen at Roscommon at the beginning of July, but Winters believes the mare is now back in top trim for this competitive assignment.
"She seems well in herself, she looks in great order and is going there nice and fresh," he said.
"It would be nice to win the race again, but like all these things, it's twice as hard the second time.
"One or two bits of things came up after her last run at Roscommon and we've freshened her up since. She's looking great now and I think she's starting to hit top form.
"The ground should be spot-on for her and you'd like to think if she runs up to her best, she'll run a blinder.
"When you look at what she's done and what she's rated on the Flat, you'd like to think she maybe had a bit in hand if she produces her best, but I'm sure a few others are in the same boat."
Tony Martin saddles two in the race as he seeks a first Galway Hurdle success.
Ted Veale appears to be his leading contender after winning his prep race on the level at Bellestown at the beginning of July.
Also the winner of the County Hurdle at Cheltenham last term, Ted Veale had the reopposing Pique Sous back in third at Bellewstown, although the latter is favoured by the weights this time.
Martin's second runner is the JP McManus-owned Thomas Edison, who was beaten 11 lengths into second on his latest Flat outing at Bellewstown.
He is the mount of Tony McCoy, with 5lb-claimer Jody McGarvey on McManus' other runner Cause Of Causes, who shoulders top weight after finishing second in the race last year.
"Ted Veale ran very well last time and we're happy with him, he's in good form and we will go from there," said Martin.
"It's a different track this time, there's jumps in there, a lot of different things, so it's hard to predict (if Pique Sous will be closer this time)."
"I'm happy with the two horses, they'll both take their chances and we'll go from there."