McManus to run five in Plate as he bids for seventh success
JP McManus is set to launch a strong bid for a seventh thetote.com Galway Plate success next Wednesday – 40 years after Shining Flame became the first to carry the famous green and gold colours to victory in the festival highlight.
Frank Berry, McManus’s racing manager, said: “It looks as if we’ll have five runners in the Plate if all goes well between now and then.
“Rock The World, Don’t Touch It, Kitten Rock, Drumcliff, who is being sent over by Harry Fry, and Slowmotion are all intended runners.”
McManus’s most recent victory in the race came in 2013 through Carlingford Lough. His other Plate winners were Grimes (2001), Far From Trouble (2006), Finger Onthe Pulse (2010) and Bob Lingo (2012).
Noel Meade, who described Snow Falcon as a "definite" for the Plate, is also hoping to run Bel Ami De Sivola and Road To Riches, although neither horse is guaranteed a place in the maximum field of 22.
Road To Riches, winner of the race in 2014 and who was once rated as high as 167, has tumbled down the ratings to 140 and is number 31 in the list, while Bel Ami De Sivola is number 39.
"We'd like to run both of them but it’s hard to believe they could struggle to make the cut," said Meade, who added that Joey Sasa, fourth in the race last year, will again tackle the Guinness Galway Hurdle on Thursday week.
He said: “Joey Sasa got an extra 5lb for his Grade 3 win at Tipperary last time and I suppose a lot will depend on whether the top weight Wicklow Brave runs. He came out of Tipperary in good form.”
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