Silver Concorde won’t run in today’s Guinness Galway Hurdle. We were hoping that he would win the maiden hurdle which opened yesterday’s card and that would tee him up nicely for a crack at today’s big one but that plan did not go according to script and I’ve decided that throwing him into the deep end today would be asking too much. It wouldn’t be fair on the horse.
He has had a long, tough season and you have to remember he ran at Killarney last July so had ran eight times in 12 months. While it is always disappointing when you train an odds-on favourite that gets beaten, I have a strong suspicion that the winner is very useful indeed. I do not think this will be the last you will be hearing of All The Answers and the pair of them pulled a long way clear of the third. We will give Silver Concorde a break now and freshen him up for something later in the year. I wasn’t too despondent after the display to be perfectly honest and I’m convinced the winner is a very good horse.
With no Silver Concorde our challenge today is light. We do have a runner in the opening 2m6f beginners chase (1.50), though, and I can see him running really well. Don’t Tell No One got the ball rolling for us in 2016, winning the opening race of the year at Fairyhouse, and he followed up that maiden hurdle success by finishing third in a Grade 3 novice hurdle at Clonmel.
This will be his first outing since March but I’m looking forward to sending him over fences as he has schooled really, really well. He has been a natural from day one and enjoys jumping. Let’s hope he brings that to the track today but I certainly expect him to and he should make his presence felt in what looks like a interesting contest.
Our only other runner on the card is Emergent in the Listed Corrib Stakes (3.30), a race we won in 2013 with Yellow Rosebud, and don’t be surprised if she exceeds expectations.
She might only have finished eighth in a Listed race at Killarney last time, but the winner Creggs Pipes has come out and won the big mile handicap here on Tuesday and she was only beaten less than five lenths.
You have to remember that she was third to Now Or Never in the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas trial and that looks good form in the context of this race. She travelled well for a long way on her first start of the season in the Salsabil Stakes at Navan only to understably get tired in the closing stages.
She’s a filly I like who is Listed-placed and Group-placed efforts on her CV and I think she will run really well. She’s in great form.