On The Go Again seeking second Listed win in warm-up for Galway Hurdle
7.35 Down Royal
Her Majesty's Plate (Listed) | 1m6f, 4yo+ | ATR
On The Go Again, not seen since landing the Listed Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown in April, returns to action at Down Royal with trainer Michael Mulvany firmly focused on next week's Galway festival.
The Guinness Galway Hurdle has long been On The Go Again's main summer target and Mulvany – who trains the versatile five-year-old for his father Larry, who also bred the eight-time winner – said on Thursday: "The Galway Hurdle remains the plan. The horse is in good form but he might need tomorrow's run.
"He's never raced beyond a mile and a half on the Flat, so we'll have to see how he gets on."
Gary Carroll, who has ridden On The Go Again to all of his six Flat wins, is again on board this year's Irish Lincolnshire winner.
Mulvany's stable star faces five rivals, including last year's runner-up Twilight Payment. The Jim Bolger-trained five-year-old has been placed over the distance on his last two starts, finishing second to Order Of St George in the Saval Beg Levmoss Stakes at Leopardstown and third in the Group 2 Curragh Cup early this month.
The Willie Mullins-trained Laws Of Spin ran second to stablemate Low Sun in a two-mile handicap at the Curragh on his most recent start and Mullins said: "He's well and will go on the ground and like the trip. A couple of the others are rated higher than him but we're hoping he might get some black type."
Joseph O'Brien, who is represented by Queen Alexandra Stakes fourth Light Pillar, said: "He probably didn't get home at Ascot last time. He's in good form and, while he's going up in class, we're hopeful of a good run."
The line-up is completed by the Harry Rogers-trained Benkei and Johnny Feane's Regem, a seven-and-a-half-length winner of a maiden over a two-furlong shorter trip at Roscommon on his most recent start.
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