DAVY RUSSELL: Galway Festival Thursday

Very pleased with Jury Duty’s third in the Galway Plate yesterday. He ran a big race on his first handicap start over fences and was staying on nicely up the hill which is always a good sign. They went plenty quick enough on ground that remains testing and the latest this morning is that it looks like being slow ground again today.

Four rides for me on Thursday and it’s an early start.




Makes his chasing debut, have schooled him over fences and he jumps OK. We didn’t want to see the rain though as he seems to handle the quicker ground better. Has had a lengthy break since then, so it’s really first day back at school for his new career today.

RASHAAN (2.15pm)

Have never ridden him before but looking forward to the ride as he is a high class horse who has won 11 from 31 races on both the flat and jumps which is a great strike-rate. Has finished second in both his starts over fences so far and has a tough race here with the likes of Cadmium, already looking for his fourth win over fences, looking a big danger.

BOOT CAMP (4.00pm)

Is another that we don’t want to see much rain for. He’s done very little wrong and might have won at Roscommon the last day but for a couple of minor jumping errors. Willie Mullins runs four including Exchange Rate who unseated at the first here on Monday but apart from that mishap he’s unbeaten in three and again looks a big threat.

THE GAME CHANGER (4.35pm Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap)

Has been a grand servant and is having his fourth start in this valuable race. His best effort was third, way back in 2014. I won on him in Down Royal in June but he struggled next time out in better company at Tipperary. Cartwright, also trained by Gordon (Elliott) looks to have a good chance along with David’s Charm but any number could win it.



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