Cheltenham Racing Circuit
Analysis and Quotes of the Galmoy Hurdle as Monkfish returns – An Ideal Starting Point

Analysis and Quotes of the Galmoy Hurdle as Monkfish returns – An Ideal Starting Point

The Willie Mullins-trained gelding made a strong impression as a novice chaser during the 2020-21 season. Following a convincing win in the Albert Bartlett the previous season, he excelled over fences by claiming victory in the Grade 1 Flogas Novice Chase and the Brown Advisory at Cheltenham. After a setback at the Punchestown festival, he was sidelined for 713 days due to a tendon issue. However, he returned in April and demonstrated glimpses of his former ability with a second-place finish in a Grade 2 at Fairyhouse. Despite a discouraging last-place result in the Grade 1 Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown, this effort can be forgiven due to the short time since his reappearance. Last season, he returned to fences and secured two Grade 3 victories.

On the other hand, Ashdale Bob, trained by Jessica Harrington, is a dual Grade 2 winner and finished third in the 2022 race. His notable performances include being a Coral Cup placer and two-time Grade 1 runner-up. His recent return at Punchestown showed promise, and he is expected to benefit from the increase in trip.

Farouk D’Alene, under Gordon Elliott’s training, demonstrated strong performance at Leopardstown, and his strong form gives him a chance in the upcoming competition. Monkfish, trained by Willie Mullins, was described as being in good form and suited to the ground.

Thedevilscoachman, under Noel Meade’s guidance, prepares to start the hurdles at a local track, showing promise after being declared in good shape. Cheekpieces have been added, and the horse is known to favor soft ground.

The text also briefly mentions Mark Walsh’s assessment of Thedevilscoachman’s race style and the availability of offers from Racing Post.

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