Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 24 March 2018

Mister Benedictine going well ahead of Galway

BRENDAN Duke reports all to be going well with Mister Benedictine as the in-form nine-year-old builds towards next week's Guinness Galway Hurdle at Ballybrit.

Duke's charge is on a four-timer after a win at Ballinrobe and two follow-up successes at Kilbeggan.

He is a general 16-1 chance for the big race on Thursday week, on the fourth day of the festival.

Pollardstown-based Duke tweeted: "My Galway Hurdle hope Mister Benedictine cantered 9f under Alfie on the Old Vic woodchip gallop at the Curragh today. I was pleased with him."

Speaking last week, Duke said: "His improvement really has been astonishing, but why it's happened at nine and with 70-odd races behind him is a mystery.

"It might be because he had a very long break for the first time since he was a yearling. He was turned out last July and didn't come in until October. He amused himself.

"His improvement has amazed me though, even since Kilbeggan. He should handle Galway too, as pace is no problem and people say if you can handle Kilbeggan you can handle Galway."

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