Aidan O’Brien is more known for his flat exploits – the master of Ballydoyle looks to have a couple of useful additions to his juvenile rank this week – but the Coolmore giant could go close to landing today’s Galway Hurdle with his 4yo Plinth.
He was one of a few forays over hurdles for O’Brien and looked to be very useful after his hurdling debut but then preceded to disappoint at Leopardstown and Cheltenham with some very poor jumping to blame but he showed what he could do when second at the Punchestown Festival, an effort which reads well in this context, and he followed up with a nice easy maiden win at Ballinrobe afterwards. He can go well off a mark of 140.
The flat form of Pearl Castle means he’s worth a second look, although he was a mild disappointment in the top juvenile contests. Best of those right at the head of the market for me is Bayan, the third in the Coral Cup who warmed up for this with a good win at Leopardstown and comes here just 3lbs higher in the handicap in jumping terms.
1 pt each/way Bayan (7/1 general)
1 pt each/way Plinth (12/1 general)