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Credit where credit is due

Gary Carson

LETTER OF CREDIT didn’t get much of a run in the Galway Plate at the festival meeting, but hopefully won’t face as many traffic problems at Ballybrit on Wednesday.

Jimmy Mangan’s charge was badly hampered at the first two fences in the Plate and did well to finish mid-division in the end considering how far back he found himself. With only six runners in the Ryans Cleaning Chase on Wednesday night, he’s unlikely to meet the same trouble.

He had been a good winner on his previous outing at Killarney in May when beating a decent field and a repeat of that would be good enough. It looks significant that his three wins over fences have come in small field events, which seem to suit him better, and as top-rated in tonight’s event he looks to have found another nice opportunity.

Urano is sure to prove popular given his connections but he found disappointingly little in the Galway Blazers after cruising into contention turning for home.

Perfect Promise stuck on to take second then and it would be no surprise to see her finish in front again.

Gold Bullet is a decent sort on his day but hasn’t really shone lately and even his run over timber Cork last time was a moderate enough effort.

Ruby Walsh looks to have another good book of rides tonight for Willie Mullins and the pair can collect with Daisy’s Gift in the mares hurdle. She makes her first start since going down to Sandymount Duke at Tipperary in July and that looks a good effort with the winner scoring twice before that and again since.

The lightly-raced daughter of Presenting looked all set to prevail that day, jumping the second last, but was just outstayed in the end and the drop back to two-and-a-half miles should help now. It looks significant that she is preferred to stable-mate Valyssa Monterg, who is top-rated in the field but has to bounce back from a tame effort in Killarney.

Credo Star has run well to finish runner-up on her last two outings, including behind Sandymount Duke at Galway, and could be the danger getting weight.

Waaheb looked to have a bit to learn jumping wise when running twice over fences here at the festival but definitely showed improvement on the second day and looks to have found a handy enough race now in the beginners chase.

Iffjack is only moderate but should land a weak maiden hurdle, which opens the card, while Rosshaven Lady bids to redeem herself in the bumper after running out at Killarney when last seen.

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