Art of Logistics and Golden Wonder are live chances for Galway Plate

Trainer Dessie Hughes

Trainer Dessie Hughes

Dessie Hughes feels he has two live chances in thetote.com Galway Plate with ante-post favourite Art Of Logistics and Irish National runner-up Golden Wonder.

Hughes has had the valuable handicap as the aim for both of them for some time and while Golden Wonder has not run since his brave effort at Fairyhouse, Art Of Logistics won at Punchestown last month.

Hughes told At The Races: "Both of them are well. I'm not sure about the trip for Art Of Logistics but Golden Wonder will definitely get it.

"I gave them three weeks off after Punchestown, about as much as I could afford to give them, and then they came back in, they're ready now.

"Golden Wonder should run well, he won his beginners' (chase) there so he likes the track.

"They could both do with some rain but they do a good job of watering."

Meanwhile Thomas Edison is likely to spearhead Tony Martin's team for next week's Galway Festival in the Guinness Galway Hurdle.

The seven-year-old won a valuable handicap on the level at the Curragh when last seen in May but he has only won one race over hurdles to date.
Martin enjoyed a hugely successful meeting 12 months ago but does not believe his team has as much strength in depth this time around.

"We've probably got 10 or 12 to go, a couple each day but not as strong as last year. We have a few nice ones that should give a good account of themselves and with luck we might get a winner or two," Martin told At The Races.

"All going well, Thomas Edison will go for the Hurdle. He's in good order, he worked the other morning and he seems well and right.

"He has options in a Flat race there too but we'll have a look what weight he ends up with and what the ground is.

"I wouldn't be too worried if Quick Jack missed the cut (for the Hurdle). I have him in a Flat race earlier in the week and later in the week and he could run in the consolation hurdle on Friday. I think we'll probably head for the amateur race on Monday night."

John Ferguson will wait until early next week before deciding on running plans for the Guinness Galway Hurdle.

The Cowlinge-based trainer currently has six horses entered for the feature event on day four of the Galway Festival, with the weights for the 150,000 euro contest headed by Purple Bay following his victory in last weekend's Summer Hurdle.

Stable companion Parlour Games was a runaway winner in novice company on the same Market Rasen card and Honour System, Dubai Prince, Bordoni and Manjakani are also among the entries for the yard.

Without naming names, Ferguson revealed he has whittled his team down to a quartet, but is in no rush to finalise his raiding team.

He said: "We have four possible runners at this stage, two of which ran on Saturday (Purple Bay and Parlour Games).
"We'll see how they all are early next week and make a decision from there."

 

 

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