Apple's Jade, Benie Des Dieux and Penhill head all-star cast for Galmoy Hurdle


Back-to-back winner Presenting Percy did not feature in the declarations

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
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Benie Des Dieux ridden by Paul Townend on her last start in May


A glittering cast of seven have been declared for Thursday's John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park (1.50), headed by superstar mares Apple's Jade and Benie Des Dieux, writes James Stevens.

The Gordon Elliott-trained Apple's Jade is making a quick reappearance following her Frank Ward Memorial Hurdle victory three weeks ago and will be bidding to enhance her Stayers' Hurdle claims.

Four-time Grade 1 scorer Benie Des Dieux will be making her first start since May and is on course for the Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham, where she suffered final-flight agony last season.

Also in the field is Stayers' Hurdle hero Penhill while Elliott unleashes another leading contender in Death Duty. The classy nine-year-old has not been seen since falling in the Racing Post Novice Chase on Boxing Day 2017 and is a two-time winner at the top level.

The field is completed by Gardens Of Babylon, Killultagh Vic and Mary Frances.

Back-to-back winner Presenting Percy did not feature in the declarations, with connections opting to head for the Irish Gold Cup.

A field of 21 has been declared for the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase (3.00), but 6-1 ante-post favourite Minella Till Dawn was a notable absentee. Willie Mullins' Acapella Bourgeois tops the weights and will be ridden by stable jockey Paul Townend.

Gigginstown have six runners in the valuable handicap, which has an 18-runner limit. Mick The Jiver, Out Sam and Solomn Grundy make up the reserves.

Four-time Grade 1 scorer Benie Des Dieux will be making her first start since May and is on course for the Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham. 

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