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Tuesday, 15 January, 2019

Martin expecting another big run from National star Phil's Magic

Willie Mullins: doubly represented in conditions race
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Phil's Magic, winner of the Midlands National at Kilbeggan last month, bids to follow up in the Galway Blazers Handicap Chase (6.15) with trainer Tony Martin expecting another big run from the seven-year-old.

Martin said: "Phil's Magic came out of his Kilbeggan win well. I'm very happy with him and I see no reason why he won't run another big race."

On Fiddlers Green, a reserve for the Galway Plate on Wednesday, when he failed to get into the race, will be bidding to win this contest for the second consecutive year.

His rivals include Aranhill Chief, runner-up a year ago having won the race in 2014.

Festival regular Camlann being kept busy

Owner Annette Mee has enjoyed a big week at the festival and her Camlann, who goes in the 2m handicap hurdle (5.10), has already shown his liking for Galway.

The six-year-old's trainer Shark Hanlon said: "Camlann loves the place. He ran three times at the festival last year, twice finishing third before winning a handicap hurdle.

"He ran on the Flat on Thursday night, so we'll see how he is in the morning. All being well we'll let him take his chance in what looks a very competitive race."

Camlann's rivals include Kilbeggan maiden hurdle winner Monarch, who will be running in a handicap for the first time, and the experienced Golden Spear.

Mullins eyeing more success

Renneti and Digeanta represent Willie Mullins in the 1m6f conditions race (8.25) as the week's leading trainer bids to end day five of the festival with another win.

Digeanta finished well for fourth in the Connacht Hotel Amateur Riders' Handicap on Monday, and Mullins said: "Galway isn't a track that has brought out the best in Digeanta in the past but he did run well the other night and we're hoping that utilising Danny Sheehy's 7lb claim will help."

Renneti: well treated by race conditions

He added: "Renneti is well treated by the race conditons and the ground will suit him. If he runs to his best he should be in the shake-up."

Motherland, winner of a handicap over a slightly shorter trip at the meeting a year ago, represents Joseph O'Brien, who said: "He's in good form and if there is more rain it will help his chance."

Longer trip expected to suit High Language

An eyecatching third on her debut at Gowran Park last month, High Language steps up two and a half furlongs in trip in the 1m4f fillies' maiden (7.25).

And trainer Joseph O'Brien believers the longer distance will suit the daughter of Lawman.

He said: "High Language ran on well at Gowran Park. She's in good form and I think she'll benefit from the extra distance."

Muniza, runner-up on her debut in a mile maiden at the Curragh last month, is another likely to appreciate the trip being a Sea The Stars half-sister to several smart winning stayers.

Her trainer Dermot Weld said: "Muniza ran a nice race at the Curragh and we're hoping she will progress over the longer distance."

Camlann loves the place. He ran three times at the festival last year, twice finishing third before winning a handicap hurdle
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