Project Bluebook tipped to run huge race in Galway Handicap Hurdle

Thursday 3rd August, 2017 - 4:35pm Galway - Galway Handicap Hurdle

Willie Mullins will unleash Clondaw Warrior in Thursday's Galway Handicap Hurdle, which is the feature race on day four of the National Hunt extravaganza, but last year's winner will face a much stiffer test in this year's renewal, off a 12lb higher mark, and there's a highly competitive field heading to post in what looks a devilishly difficult conundrum for punters.

  • Clondaw Warrior (2016) & Thomas Edison (2014) have won race before
  • Four of the last six winners have carried 11st or less
  • Swamp Fox was a fine second earlier in the week at Galway Festival

Thursday 3rd August - 4.35pm OddsWon/LostBet
Galway Handicap Hurdle    
Tips Project Bluebook (each way)    Best Bet @ 20 / 1  

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Clondaw Warrior is a 20/1 chance with bet365 to retain his crown, and looks to face a stiff task, but the Mullins team will also saddle Max Dynamite, who is vying for favouritism at 7/1 with Paddy Power, and the 2015 Melbourne Cup runner-up was last seen finishing down the field in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in June.

He has not been seen over timber for over 700 days, where he was second to Quick Jack in this race two years ago, but he is 5lbs higher for this year's contest, so while he is certainly an eye-catching contender he may struggle to get his head in front, and more appeal is for his market rival Tigris River, who is also 7/1 with Paddy Power bookmakers.

Fifth in this race last year, the Joseph O'Brien-trained runner was a winner last time out, and while he is higher in the weights this year he appears to have improved of late, and being the pick of Barry Geraghty from the plethora of JP McManus-owned runners then he has to be a leading player here.

Timiyan is next in the betting at 10/1 with Paddy Power, and Gordon Elliott's charge will don the green and gold silks of the aforementioned McManus, and having won his last two races will head to Ballybrit in fine fettle, but this is a whole lot tougher that his previous assignments, and could be one to avoid.

Project Bluebook The Value Play

Project Bluebook progressed with aplomb last season, and having finished a fine fourth in the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival went on to land a Graded event at Fairyhouse on his last start of last season, and as another premier McManus-owned raider is sure to gather interest, and at 20/1 with Paddy Power makes huge each-way appeal.

He warmed up for this race with a decent spin on the level at Catterick last month, where he finished second, and if he can come on significantly for that run should relish a return to the hurdling sphere, and if he is able to just sit off the pace for the majority of the race then he maybe able to strike in the closing stages of the race to at least pick up a place, if not win.

Best Of The Rest

Western Boy (12/1 with bet365) was a fine winner of a handicap hurdle at Punchestown in April, and should run a decent race here on his comeback, while Swamp Fox (14/1 with Betfred) failed to land the hat-trick when second here on Monday, but is in fine health, and can play a significant role if those exertions didn't take too much out of him.

Of the others, Thomas Edison (20/1) was a superb winner of this race in 2014, but has failed to build on that success, while the likes of Airlie Beach and Automated, both 20/1, are another couple of challengers worth mentioning, but may just find one too good on the day in what should be a superb betting heat.

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