• 17:10 & Novice Hurdle2m

  • Winner €13,000 2nd €3,800 3rd €1,800 4th €600
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 51.50s
  • Off time: 17:11:54
17:10 Galway Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Mckinley 7/1
2nd Ridestan (IRE) 12/1
3rd Morga (IRE) 3/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 21 PURPLE, pink & purple striped cap Erlkonig (GER) 43
Distance Winner
4 11-4 A Mullins D E Mullins 9/110.00
2 031 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Mckinley 15
Distance Winner
4 11-4 W P Mullins P Townend 7/18.00
3 415 BLUE, gold spots, blue cap Polished Rock (IRE) 11
Distance Winner
4 11-4 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 20/121.00
4 0-1 Light green, white sleeves, yellow & white check cap Ridestan (IRE) 14
Distance Winner
4 11-4 Denis Hogan D G Hogan 114 12/113.00
5 01-423 Maroon, White star, armlets and cap The Plan Man (IRE) 21
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 11-4 t A J Martin B J Geraghty 128 4/15.00
7 4162-42 PURPLE, white cap, purple diamond Manhattan Swing (IRE) 78
4 11-0 b D K Weld D N Russell 15/82.88
8 1-1 WHITE, purple panel, check cap Morga (IRE) 11
Distance Winner
4 11-0 h D McDonogh D J Condon 3/14.00
9 5544-23 Red & yellow diabolo, yellow star on cap Annagh Haven (IRE) 7
4 10-7 t Michael Mulvany J J Burke (5) 100 50/151.00
Non runners
6355-Henry Higgins (IRE)411-0C O'BrienM P Walsh125


It should come as no surprise to find that Dermot Weld has won six of the past eleven renewals so even though Manhattan Swing faces a stiff test on his debut he'll have been targeted at this for some time and has a rating of 95 on the Flat. However, this looks stronger than usual and though greatly respected he may have to give best to MORGA. Des McDonagh's filly is rated 1lb higher on the Flat after competing at Group and Listed level and she has the benefit of experience over hurdles, winning both starts at Cork and Punchestown. Erlkonig has done very well for Tony Mullins since arriving from Germany and there's be more to come from him as there will McKinley, who was 12l behind him at Tipperary but has since won at Sligo. Polished Rock had the odds-on The Plan Man behind at Gowran but the latter is 7lb better off though a bigger threat may emerge in the shape of Henry Higgins, who had three runs on ground much too soft earlier this season and has since won a strong handicap on the Flat at Leopardstown.