The Galway Plate is as fiercely contested as ever with several contenders all holding chances but the rain that’s fallen could tip the scaled in favour of Golden Wonder, who gets to run here off a mark that’s just 6lbs higher than the one he was second off in the Irish National last summer.
The stamina test that day obviously suited him greatly but he has plenty of form at trips shorter than this, and also on quick ground, and he can make a bold bid for yet another major prize.
Another young horse worth giving another chance is Banaslow. Fourth in the Thyestes, he filled the same place at the Cheltenham Festival in the Kim Muir but that day was a patent non stayer in the home straight, and showed himself to be much happier at a shorter trip when landing a Novice chase at Tramore afterwards. If he’s over whatever made him run so poorly at Punchestown – he hadn’t been given a lot of time to rest after a very busy spring schedule – he could go seriously well at what looks likely to be the perfect trip and ground for him.
1 pt each/way Golden Wonder (11/1 Ladbrokes*) 1 pt each/way Banaslow (12/1 Bet365, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power*, 16’s Hills)
* Pay 5 places each/way