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Thirty Six remain In Sunday’s Tote Irish Cambridgeshire
With thirty six of the forty nine original entries remaining after the forfeit stage of the Tote Irish Cambridgeshire, this year’s renewal of the €100,000 one mile handicap looks set to be a competitive one.
The 2015 contest went the way of David Wachman’s Hint Of A Tint under jockey Fran Berry. Last year’s winner landed the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap (previously the Topaz Mile) before going on to win the Tote Irish Cambridgeshire. This year’s entries include the 2014 and 2013 winners of that Galway feature. Brendan Brackan, trained by Ger Lyons, was the 2014 winner and the seven year old gelding has proved a good servant for connections so far, last winning at Cork back in October. The Kevin Prendergast-trained Vastonea took that mile handicap in 2013 and was last seen only on Sunday when finishing third behind Flying Fairies in the Luke and Nellie Comer Apprentice Handicap at The Curragh. The Kildare-based trainer also has Aared entered in the race, who was successful in his last outing at Leopardstown in July.
English Contenders In The Tote Irish Cambridgeshire
Dream Walker, one of four UK entries in the race, made Brian Ellison’s last trip across the water worthwhile when placing third in the Hop House 13 Handicap on Thursday at Galway and then narrowly beating Reckless Endeavour to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Ahonoora’ Handicap on the final day of the festival.
Galway Festival Winners Looking For Success In The Tote Irish Cambridgeshire
There are three other horses that came out on top at this year’s Galway festival among the entries. Dermot Weld’s Sikandarab won the 7f Caulfield Industrial EBF Maiden having previously finished second at Leopardstown in his only other start.
The Michael Halford-trained Katiymann followed up on his run at Fairyhouse where he finished second, when winning TheTote.com Maiden race at Galway. Katiymann is one of six entries in the race for trainer Michael Halford.
Beau Satchel won the Caulfield Industrial Handicap for the second year in the row and also finished a respectable third for trainer Adrian McGuinness when running again four days later.
Other Notable Entries in Sunday’s Tote Irish Cambridgeshire
Andy Slattery is bidding to continue his fine season to date with An Saighdiur. The nine year old is bidding to make it three successive victories, following up on his Sligo win at the start of the month and his most recent success in the Al Ain Racecourse Handicap at The Curragh on Saturday.
Aidan O’ Brien’s only entry in the Tote Irish Cambridgeshire comes in the form of General Macarthur whose last success came in Navan in June when defeating Tony The Gent who went on to win The Tote Handicap in Galway this year.
Ger Lyons also has Sea Wolf entered in the race on Sunday. Previously trained by Michael Dods, Sea Wolf stayed on well at The Curragh to win the Equisoft 25th Anniversary Handicap on Irish Derby weekend, on his first public appearance for Lyons.
Eddystone Rock has been running consistently of late and along with Hawke makes up trainer Johnny Murtagh’s two entries in the race. Hawke was last seen in Dundalk this month when taking the spoils in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Red God’ Handicap under Colin Keane.