Grade Two Galmoy Hurdle 2024 Guide

Alex Dudley | @@Alex_Dudz_

Gowran Park - January 25 2024
Gowran Park 14:15
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Jody McGarvey

Ashdale Bob

J: Jody McGarvey
T: Mrs John Harrington
N/A
Age: 9
Weight: 11-3
OR: 150
Days: 25

Jody McGarvey takes the ride on Ashdale Bob for trainer John Harrington this week. The nine-year-old ran a commendable race over a shorter trip at Punchestown on New Year’s Eve when finishing third over hurdles behind Sir Gerhard. Back up in trip this week, and he should strip fitter.

He was last seen over this distance when being pulled up in the G1 Stayers’ Hurdle, but has lots of interesting form over the distance, including a second behind Home By The Lee in the G1 Christmas Hurdle. Trip and conditions will both suit.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
25/01/24GOW24Hy11-33
31/12/23PUN19Hy11-63
10/06/23AUT21.5VSft10-75
27/04/23PUN23.5Gd/Y11-105
16/03/23CHL24Sft11-10PU
Gowran Park - January 25 2024
Gowran Park 14:15
2

Farouk D'alene

J:
T: Gordon Elliott
N/A
Age: 9
Weight: 11-3
OR: 150
Days: 28

Jack Kennedy and Gordon Elliott combine with Farouk D’alene in the Galmoy Hurdle this week. The nine-year-old was narrowly beaten over an extended two miles and seven at Leopardstown in late December in a Pertemps qualifier.

He is a very interesting contender this weekend after hitting form last month after two subpar efforts following a 613-day break. Likely has something to offer over hurdles in this company, and is hard to write off for leading connections.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
28/12/23LEO23.5Hy11-52
30/11/23THU22Y11-05
19/11/23NAV24Sft/Hy11-5F
16/03/22CHL24.5Sft11-4F
22/02/22NAV24Hy11-31
Gowran Park - January 25 2024
Gowran Park 14:15
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Paul Townend

Monkfish

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 10
Weight: 11-3
OR: 152
Days: 273

The talented Monkfish will be the ride of Paul Townend this week for trainer Willie Mullins. The ten-year-old was well beaten by 42 lengths on April 27 on his second start following a lengthy absence in the G1 Champion Stayers Hurdle.

He goes well fresh, evident from his commendable second to Asterion Forlonge after a 713-day break in the G2 Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Hurdle. Back up to three miles after another lengthy break this week, but should be capable of mounting a bid after landing the G1 Albert Bartlett over three miles back in 2020.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
25/01/24GOW24Hy11-31
27/04/23PUN23.5Gd/Y11-109
10/04/23FAI20Y/Sft11-32
27/04/21PUN24.5Y11-122
17/03/21CHL24.5GS11-41
Gowran Park - January 25 2024
Gowran Park 14:15
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Rachael Blackmore

Summerville Boy

J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry De Bromhead
N/A
Age: 12
Weight: 11-3
OR: 141
Days: 47

Rachel Blackmore takes the ride on Summerville Boy this week for trainer Henry De Bromhead. The 12-year-old was well beaten on his previous start at the start of December when finishing seven lengths behind We’llhavewan in a handicap hurdle at Navan.

Stayed the distance well on that day, and he does have form over slightly longer, which could be a plus. Produced an excellent effort to finish second of six in this race last year, but it is worth mentioning that he was 15 lengths behind Teahupoo.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
09/12/23NAV25Hy11-102
12/11/23NAA20Sft11-1214
27/04/23PUN23.5Gd/Y11-106
18/03/23THU23Sft11-01
26/01/23GOW24.5Sft/Hy11-32
Gowran Park - January 25 2024
Gowran Park 14:15
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Mark Walsh

Thedevilscoachman

J: Mark Walsh
T: Noel Meade
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-3
OR: 152
Days: 25

Noel Meade-trained Thedevilscoachman looks set to be a strong favourite for the Galmoy Hurdle this week. Mark Walsh will take the ride on the eight-year-old, who boasts a narrow advantage on ratings.

He was last seen finishing second over hurdles in late December, with Ashdale Bob finishing behind. His record over hurdles is impressive after winning four from seven starts. Also got the better of his re-appearing rival in the G2 Boyne Hurdle by a head in February 2022.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
25/01/24GOW24Hy11-34
31/12/23PUN19Hy11-62
19/11/23NAV24Sft/Hy11-47
10/04/23FAI29Sft10-13PU
26/03/23LIM24.5Sft11-61