Galvin keeps up winning run on Punchestown return

Elliott-trained seven-year-old could take Grade One chance at Down Royal.

GALVIN
GALVIN Picture: Pat Healy Photography

Galvin  took his winning run to six with a pleasing display on his seasonal debut in the Irish Daily Star – Best For Racing Coverage Chase at Punchestown.

Absent since winning the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival when in the temporary care of Ian Ferguson as Gordon Elliott served a six-month suspension, Galvin got the new campaign off to the ideal start in the Grade Three heat.

The Willie Mullins pair of Brahma Bull and Annamix ensured it was a proper test over three miles, with Davy Russell happy to sit in third place in the five-runner field.

Annamix tried to set sail for home after the third-last fence, but Galvin (evens favourite) was up to the challenge despite his seven-month absence.

The seven-year-old jumped the final obstacle with a narrow lead and kept on stoutly to hold the renewed bid of Annamix by half a length.

Elliott said: "I thought it was a good performance with the weight he had, and we knew he was going to come on plenty from it. He was up against two race-fit horses.

"He's entered in Down Royal and is a horse to look forward to for the season. It's a race (Ladbrokes Champion Chase) that could cut up and he looks like he's entitled to take his chance in a Grade One.

"We missed Listowel as we thought it was coming a bit too soon for him and he's having a good blow after that race today.

"He only really does what he has to do, but he's a grand honest horse and this has been a lucky race for us."

Owned by Ronnie Bartlett, Galvin was cut to 33-1 from 40-1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Paddy Power.

Elliott added: "He might be more of a Grand National horse than a Gold Cup horse, but he knows how to win.

"He doesn't want bottomless ground."

Embittered landed a first graded success with a game performance in the Extra Places Everyday At BetVictor Novice Chase.

Bryan Cooper sent the Joseph O'Brien-trained seven-year-old into the lead two out after Exit Poll, who had beaten him at Roscommon, faded after setting the pace.

Embittered (5-4 favourite) stuck on well to hold the challenge of Hurricane Georgie by two and a quarter lengths to claim the Grade Three prize.

O'Brien's assistant Brendan Powell said: "It was probably a bit sharp for him the last day and they got him out of his comfort zone halfway around. The extra few furlongs today suited him.

"He jumped lovely today and I thought he won the race by taking the other horse on a long way out.

"He tends to jump a bit left at times, but he jumped pretty straight today. Bryan gave him a lovely ride."

My Mate Mozzie (11-8) was an impressive winner on his debut over the smaller obstacles in the BetVictor Proud To Support Irish Racing Maiden Hurdle.

A point-to-point and bumper scorer, Gavin Cromwell's five-year-old made all under Sean Flanagan to beat smart Flat performer Barbados by eight lengths.

Cromwell said: "He's a lovely horse and likes a bit of nice ground. He looks a nice festival horse.

"I haven't really formed a plan, but maybe something like Leopardstown with some nice ground at Christmas and then the spring. I wouldn't like to run him on heavy ground.

"He's a very straightforward horse and has been very good from day one. He does everything professionally."

My Mate Mozzie was introduced at 50-1 for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle with Betfair and Paddy Power.


At The Races

Punchestown

Wednesday, 13th October 2021

6
16:05
(local)

Irish Daily Star - Best For Racing Coverage Chase (Grade 3) (G3)

Age: 5yo and up WT: 156lbs Type: CHSE
EUR €27,500
2m7f200y TURF GOOD
6
16:05
(local)
EUR €27,500
2m7f200y GOOD

Irish Daily Star - Best For Racing Coverage Chase (Grade 3) (G3)

Age: 5yo and up WT: 156lbs Type: CHSE
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 1. GALVIN (IRE) 7yo G
GOLD WELL (GB) - BURREN MOONSHINE (IRE)
DAVY RUSSELL
GORDON ELLIOTT
$2.00
164lbs
R A BARTLETT

Sales Information

2nd 2. ANNAMIX (FR) 8yo G
MARTALINE (GB) - TASHTIYANA (IRE)
DANIEL E. MULLINS
WILLIE MULLINS
$4.50
156lbs
MRS S RICCI

Sales Information

3rd 3. BRAHMA BULL (IRE) 10yo G
PRESENTING (GB) - OLIGARCH SOCIETY (IRE)
MR S F O'KEEFFE
WILLIE MULLINS
$3.00
156lbs
MRS S RICCI

Sales Information

4th 5. SNUGSBOROUGH HALL (IRE) 10yo G
BENEFICIAL (GB) - SADDLERS ARC (IRE)
E WALSH
L P CUSACK
$17.00
156lbs
5th 4. DOMMAGE POUR TOI (FR) 8yo G
MAGADAN (IRE) - PHENYL DES MOTTES (FR)
D J O'KEEFFE
A J MCNAMARA
$301.00
156lbs

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