Gowran Park hosts an exciting meeting on Thursday afternoon and the Grade Two Galmoy Hurdle is one of a number of exciting offerings. The race is part of the undercard for the Thyestes Chase but this three miler could offer an intriguing contest in its own right, particularly with defending champion Zaidpour and Bog Warrior vying for favouritism in this five-runner field.
Zaidpour landed the spoils in 2012 for Willie Mullins, who also won with Mourad in 2011, as he beat Voler La Vedette by a length. The 7-year-old is now two from two at Gowran and is set to go off favourite on his third appearance here, with PaddyPower pricing him even-money. The Red Ransom gelding opened this season with victory from Monksland in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle, with bookmakers immediately clipping him into 12/1 for the World Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival in March. However, he has a poor record at the Festival having finished mid-field in both the 2011 Supreme Novices and last year's Champion Hurdle.
Meanwhile, Zaidpour went on to lose out to Monksland over this three mile trip in the Christmas Hurdle last time and he has his work cut out this week as he concedes weight all round. Tony Martin's Bog Warrior receives 4lbs from the ante-post favourite and can be backed at 5/4 at this stage. The 9-year-old could be worth a look at that price following his 6Â½ length win over subsequent Grade Three winner Solwhit at Punchestown recently.
Bog Warrior should enjoy the step up to three miles for the first time this week and he is looking rejuvenated as he is now two-from-two since returning to hurdles. He struggled over fences, including a fall at Down Royal, but when you consider his current form over hurdles and the fact he has won seven of the eight races he has completed then he could prove to be the pick of this field. Tony Martin has yet to decide whether to send the son of Strategic Choice over fences or hurdles at Cheltenham Festival this year, although he is currently as short as 12/1 for the World Hurdle.
Away from the leading two, Gordon Elliot's Un Beau Matin can be backed at 11/2. The French import was a ready winner at Punchestown prior to an unfortunate fall when going well in a Grade Two at Navan. Elliot's second string would appear to be Chicago Grey and the 10-year-old can be backed at 33/1 with paddypower bookmakers. The Lusa gelding has failed to live up to the reputation he built from his time as a novice chaser, during which he won the four-miler at Cheltenham Festival two years ago.
Course and distance winner Dante Anna, who won a maiden hurdle here in December, faces a real step up in class this week and the odds reflect that as he is a long 100/1 shot. The bookies clearly fancy it will be a two horse race and Bog Warrior could just edge out Zaidpour ahead of a potential World Hurdle meeting.
5/4 Bog Warrior
11/2 Un Beau Matin
33/1 Chicago Grey
100/1 Dante Anna
Odds supplied by PaddyPower.com.
|Nafaqa a hot favourite for Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket|
Elm Park And Salateen Lively Dangers In Group 2
|2014 Cambridgeshire Handicap Preview Cornrow favourite for Newmarket prize|
Balty Boys Marks Terrific Value For Ellison
|Tiggy Wiggy Should Be Too Fast In Strong Looking Cheveley Park Stakes Betting|
High Celebrity Making The Trip Over From France
|Captain Cat tipped to pounce in the Joel Stakes at Newmarket|
Tullius Vies For Favouritism With Captain Cat
|Lucida The One To Beat In Exciting Looking Rockfel Stakes Betting|
New Providence Should Run Well At Newmarket On Friday
|Legacy Cup Odds Hillstar Tasaday and Grandeur head the betting for Arc Trial|
Strong Field For Arc Trial At Newbury
|Back Bryan Smarts Moviesta for World Trophy glory at Newbury|
Moviesta Steps Back In Class And Trip
|Jungle Cat Taken To Get The Cream In Mill Reef Stakes|
Betting Headed By Candy Trained Limato
|2014 Ayr Gold Cup Preview Watchable favourite for Scottish sprint|
Eastern Impact To Land Prize For Fahey
|Irish St Leger Odds Leading Light can shine in the Curragh Classic|
Leading Light Starts Favourite For Group One Contest
|Thyestes Chase Odds Bishopsfurze Heads The Gowran Betting For Mullins|
Tarquinius could provide each way value
|2013 Champion Hurdle Betting Hurricane Fly And Darlan Favourites For Vintage Renewal|
Rock On Ruby ready to retain Cheltenham crown
|2013 Neptune Novices Hurdle Betting The New One Cut For Cheltenham Contest|
Pont Alexandre looks a leading Irish challenger
|The New One Fancied To Land Leamington Novices Hurdle At Warwick|
Nigel Twiston-Davies novice favourite for Neptune trial
|Bears Affair Heads Betting For 2013 William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle|
Black Thunder second favourite for Nicholls
|Sporting Lisbon V Chelsea Odds Blues Firm Favourites For Group G Clash|
Jose Mourinho Can Make A Winning Return To Portugal
|Man City V Roma Odds Score Draw The Value In Crucial Champions League Clash|
Goals Expected As City Face In Form Giallorossi In Group E Game
|Robin Van Persie Clipped In The Premier League Top Scorer Betting After West Ham Strike|
Diego Costa Odds On For Golden Boot Despite Injury Woes
|2014 China Open Odds Novak Djokovic Heads The Betting In Beijing|
Rafa Nadal And Andy Murray Also Well Fancied
|CSKA Moscow V Bayern Munich Odds Bavarians Overwhelming Favourites To Win At The Empty Arena Khimki|
Gotze In Cracking Form
Betfred are amazingly offering double odds on your first bet with them, up to a stake unit of £10. In addition to this you can also claim a £25 free bet.
Open Account - Free £25 Bet With Betfred
Ladbrokes are one of the highest rated online bookmakers in the UK and are a superb choice for placing your bets. You can claim a free bet of up to £100 when opening a new account with Ladbrokes by clicking on one of the links on this site.
Bet £5 or more and Ladbrokes will match this with a free bet to the same stake unit.
Open Account - £100 Free Bet - Ladbrokes
Get free bets totalling £30 with bookmaker Sky Bet
Open Account - Open Account - Get £30 in free bets with Sky Bet
Those looking for some online casino entertainment ought to check out all the latest UK Casino Sign Up offers from the top operators including 32Red and many of the sports betting casinos.
There is excellent information, should you be interested in playing online blackjack, roulette, the best progressives or slots - Online Casino Betting with the best introductory offers