Tony Martin’s Ted Veale looks ready to take the Galway Hurdle on the fourth day of the Festival
Tony Martin has been in tremendous form at the Galway Festival this week and today has a leading chance in the feature race – The Galway Hurdle. Ted Veale was an impressive winner at the Cheltenham Festival and has been freshened up by a recent run in readiness for today’s race. Given the form that the yard has been in Martin’s hope is due to start favourite for what is a great renewal of the race. Ted Veale will face strong opposition from the lightly weighted Fred Winter winner Flaxen Flare for Gordon Elliott and from the somewhat overlooked Dermot Weld trained Hisaabaat, who according to the King of Ballybrit will relish the conditions. Mullins sends a host of chances to the race with Pique Sous and Drive Time being his leading contenders. A win for Martin today will mean that he will be in the position to even threaten Dermot Weld’s Galway crown.
Weld has two good chances to add to his Festival tally with Yellow Rosebud in the listed contest (3.40) and Don’t Tell No One in the last (6.10). Yellow Rosebud will have to show her best form though to beat the highly tried O’Brien filly Snow Queen. Michael Winters will be back today with last year’s Galway Hurdle winner Rebel Fitz who will win the novice chase at (2.20).
Crockford’s Galway Gambles on Day Four of the Festival:
Shake the Bucket (1.50), Rebel Fitz (2.20), Ted Dolly e/w (3.00), Yellow Rosebud and Snow Queen e/w (3.40), Bally Longford (4.15), Ted Veale, Flaxen Flare e/w and Hisaabaat e/w (4.55), Gris Ladera e/w (5.35) and Don’t Tell No One (6.10)
(Featured Photograph – Flaxen Flare at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)