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Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Names to note: Exchange Rate puts unbeaten record on the line in novice hurdle

Exchange Rate wins under Patrick Mullins at Galway last year
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There are seven races to sink your teeth into at Galway on Tuesday, including the feature Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap. Here are three runners worth noting on day two of the festival.

Exchange Rate (5.20)

Winner of a maiden at the meeting a year ago, this Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old will be attempting to make it four from four in the opening event.

Ruby Walsh's mount has plenty going for him as he takes on five rivals, all previous winners, in the 2m½f Listed novice event.

Mullins said: "Exchange Rate has done everything asked of him. He's shown that he handles Galway well and he won nicely at Wexford last month. The ground will suit and he's going there in very good form."

Hermosa (6.25)

An eyecatching debut and good draw gives this Aidan O'Brien-trained juvenile a big chance of landing Tuesday's 7f fillies' maiden.

A sister to dual Group 1 winner Hydrangea, Donnacha O'Brien's mount did not enjoy the clearest of runs when fourth behind stablemate Peach Tree over 7f at the Curragh last month.

Her trainer said yesterday: "Hermosa had a very nice first run. We've been happy with her since and she seems in good form – being drawn one should help.

O'Brien is also represented by newcomer Enticed, a sister of dual Classic winner Capri, and he said: "She's a nice type and is just ready to start. She'll come on a good bit for the run."

Beau Satchel (8.40)

This durable eight year-old will bid for a third win in Ballybrit's 7f handicap, which he won in 2015 and 2016.

The Ado McGuinness-trained gelding will make his 72nd appearance following a win at Dundalk last time. 

McGuinness said on Sunday: "Beau Satchel is tough and genuine. The easy ground will suit. We decided to go for this race again, rather than running him over a mile, as seven around Galway seems to suit him well."

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Exchange Rate has done everything asked of him. He's shown that he handles Galway well and he won nicely at Wexford last month
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