Paul Townend discusses Saturday and Sunday at Galway

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I have two rides on each of the final two days of the Galway Festival. The first on Saturday is

a newcomer Estelle Ma Belle (2.00). She has nice form in France where she ran in a Group 2 on the last day.

She does nice work at home. It’s obviously her first run over hurdles which will be new to her but she is one we like and we are hopeful of a good run.

Our other one Botani was impressive in a bumper in Kilbeggan and the form of the Tipperary bumper she ran in the last day is working out well.

She has a chance as well. It wasn’t a very easy choice. It’s a typical competitive maiden hurdle for Galway.

Great White Shark (2.30) was so impressive on Monday under my sister Jody in the amateur race it was hard to overlook her. Hopefully she can do the business and my sister won’t have the bragging rights forever.

She won well over three miles in Wexford the last day over hurdles. Two miles seven will be no problem for her. She obviously acts on the track but this race is probably as competitive as the Galway Hurdle.

Contingency’s run in Punchestown behind Mr Adjudicator is a massive run. She ran over fences then and won. Eclat Des Mottes ran well in Killarney but ran a bit free.

Ask Susan looks to be in off a feather weight and was only five lengths behind Peregrine Run over fences the last day. 

That’s only the home team. There are a lot of others in there with chances. It won’t be an easy task but I found it hard to look beyond Great White Shark after what she done on Monday.

Sunday

I start the last day on Poker d’ainay (2.45). The form of the race he was beaten in at Downpatrick is working out with the winner franking that form in Roscommon.

He did well to win a race at Wexford, which might not have been the strongest race.

This is his first run in a handicap. He might be off an okay mark.

He was getting frustrating, running consistently well without winning. He might just have a nice crack in a handicap off a competitive looking mark.

Yorkhill (4.30) gets another chance after he got bumped by a loose horse in mid-air and landing in the Galway Plate. I just got unbalanced, it was one of those things.

The one positive is he didn’t have a hard race. Up to that point, I was getting a good ride off him.

He didn’t seem to be misbehaving. On ratings he looks well in and if he behaves himself and I can stay on board this time he has a real good chance.

Paul

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Paul Townend

Paul is an Irish jockey who competes in National Hunt racing and is an integral part of the famous and vastly successful Willie Mullins team. Paul was Irish jump racing Champion Jockey for the 2010-11 season and will be discussing his rides in a weekly blog with Ladbrokes News throughout the jumps season.