Time for Statesman to deliver

The frustrating Elegant Statesman is given a final chance to reveal his true colours in the Guinness Handicap Chase at Galway this evening.

A useful enough hurdler, Henry de Bromhead’s charge always shaped as if this was going to be his true calling, but has essentially been disappointing.

One also felt that staying was sure to be his game, but that sort of thinking seems to have been quite wrong as well.

He was last seen on this track during the festival at the end of July and went off favourite to win a two miles and six beginners chase.

Elegant Statesman, however, had no more to offer from the home turn and eventually trailed in seventh behind Aranhill Chief. He is now dropped five furlongs in trip and gets the vote, on the basis he might possibly be tossed in at the weights!

Aidan O’Brien’s Plinth is the choice in the four-runner Galway City And Salthill Publicans’ Charity Hurdle.

He was left with an easy task last time when Flaxen Flare fell at the second last at Cork and the pair renew rivalry.

Plinth seemed to be travelling marginally the better then and is given preference, especially as he meets Flaxen Flare on 4lbs better terms.

One of the more interesting horses on show will be the Willie Mullins-trained mare, Lyrical Theatre, in the Bumper.

She created a big impression when scoring by 20 lengths on her debut in a modest race at Sligo and has to get the vote, although a lot more will certainly be required.

Please Talk, runner-up behind in-form stable companion, Bose Ikard, at Roscommon, will never get an easier opportunity than that afforded him in the Eventus Beginners Chase.

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