Black Corton and Bryony Frost will bid to give top English
trainer Paul Nicholls a second win in the thetote.com Galway Plate at Ballybrit
on Wednesday, July 31.
Successful with the Ruby Walsh-ridden Oslot in 2008,
Nicholls has also entered Modus and the €300,000 Galway festival highlight has
long been a target for the pair.
In all, there are seven British-trained entries including the
Dan Skelton’s Azzuri, owned by the Irish-based The Blind Squirrels Syndicate.
Peter Bowen has entered both Henryville and More Buck’s while Nicky Henderson’s
Pacific De Baune and the Anthony Honeyball-trained Regal Encore, twice a
runner-up at the Punchestown festival, are also in the race.
A winner last year with Clarcam and with Lord Scoundrel in
2016, Gordon Elliott has made 13 entries, headed by Mengli Khan which failed to
land a blow on the Flat at Royal Ascot but had earlier shown up well at the highest
level over fences at the Cheltenham, Aintree and Fairyhouse festivals.
Henry De Bromhead, on the mark in the race with Shanahan’s
Turn in 2015 and Balko Des Flos two years ago, has made three entries with
Heron Heights, a Punchestown festival winner for owner Barry Maloney, Poker
Party and Valseur Lido making up his team.
Willie Mullins has six to choose from including course and
distance winner Minella Beau, Yorkhill, and Pylonthepressure. Mister Miyagi has
joined the champion trainer from the Stuart Edmunds yard while another that
could begin his career in Ireland is Movewiththetimes which has moved from Paul
Nicholls to Enda Bolger.
The remarkable Peregrine Run, superbly handled by Peter
Fahey and the winner of his most recent five starts, is another notable entry
as are the Grade 1 winner Coney Island for Edward Harty and the Liam
Cusack-trained Snugsborough Benny, successful in the Guinness Galway Blazers
Handicap Chase at the festival last year.
The weights for the 150th thetote.com Galway Plate will be
released on Monday, July 22 at 2pm.
Michael Moloney, General Manager of Galway Racecourse, said:
“2019 is a very special year for us here in Ballybrit as this year we will hold
the 150th renewal of thetote.com Galway Plate, we are delighted to join forces
with Tote Ireland and Horse Racing Ireland to increase the prizefund by €50,000
this year to €300,000 to mark this historic occasion. It is great to see a
strong entry from the Irish trainers again this year, but it also adds another
dimension to the race to have the seven entries from across the Irish Sea from
the like of Paul Nicholls and Dan Skelton. The countdown is on and we can’t
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