1pt win Felix Desjy in the 6.45 at Galway at 6/1
1pt each way Charli Parcs in the 6.45 at Galway at 20/1 (6 Places with Paddy Power)
The Galway Hurdle field will go to post at 6.45, and I am hopeful that this prize can go to Cullentra Stables courtesy of Grade 1 winning novice hurdler FELIX DESJY.
I, like many, fully expect the scopey chestnut to develop into a graded novice chaser this winter. However, I am very hopeful that he can land this valuable prize en route.
The Gigginstown House Stud owned gelding missed the entirety of last season through injury. However, he returned to action with a smooth flat success at Navan four weeks ago, which will have blown away the cobwebs and set him up nicely for a tilt at this valuable prize.
Felix Desjy defeated market rival Aramon and subsequent Grade 1 winning novice chaser Itchy Feet in the 2019 Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree, and he also finished a shade ahead of the former in that year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Naturally, both of those efforts came off level weights, but Aramon will have to concede 4lbs to Felix Desjy on this occasion, which should see the Cullentra runner come out on top once more if none the worse for his absence.
The son of Maresca Sorrento confirmed the promise of his Aintree success when chasing home Supreme Novices’ Hurdle scorer Klassical Dream in the Grade 1 Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown three weeks later, where his front running tactics set the race up perfectly for Willie Mullins’ representative. However, he plugged on well in the closing stages and put 11 lengths between himself and the third placed Mister Blue Sky, who started last season with a respectable rating of 144.
Felix Desjy landed the Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Novices’ Hurdle on good ground and he has already demonstrated his ability to handle this track when landing a novice hurdle over this course and distance in October 2018.
I hardly need to highlight Gordon Elliott’s ability to prepare a horse for such a race, and there’s obviously a very good chance that this has been the plan for some time. Of those at bigger prices,
I will also give a positive mention to CHARLI PARCS, who bolted up on his first outing for Aidan Anthony Howard at Leopardstown in March.
Highly regarded by former trainer Nicky Henderson in his early years, Charli Parcs sprinted clear of the 142 rated Jetz – who won next time out, albeit back up in trip – on that occasion and he therefore rates an intriguing proposition off a mark of 144.
The Anabaa Blue gelding may have found a new lease of life following his change of scenery, and his shrewd handler has form of reigniting the fire having done so with Winter Escape when he arrived from Alan King.
Simon Torrens, who has ridden 2 winners in the last 2 weeks, will take off a handy 7lbs and he will therefore compete from near the foot of the weights, which can only aid his prospects.
The JP McManus owned seven-year-old could easily be grossly overpriced at 20/1.