Sixpence worth a few euro in Plate

Themoonandsixpence is the choice to give Willie Mullins a first ever success in the Galway Plate at Ballybrit this afternoon.

It seems inevitable the champion trainer will land the major summer prize at some stage and today is as good a day as any to get off the mark!

The seven-year-old is, admittedly, woefully short on experience and this will only be his third ever venture over fences.

But chasing was always going to be the gelding's true vocation and, touch wood, his technique thus far has been well nigh impeccable.

Themoonandsixpence won an ordinary beginners chase at Wexford last August and then wasn't seen again until reappearing at the Punchestown Festival in April.

He was beaten eight lengths into second by Cuan Na Grai and is fancied to reverse the placings on 7lbs better terms.

Dermot Weld's Majestic Concorde - five runs over fences under his belt - is the medium of glowing reports and there is the possibility could make a mockery of his current mark.

Majestic Concorde won the GPT Handicap here two years ago and has clearly been laid out especially for this, having had just one spin in 2010, finishing fourth to Mamlook in the Chester Cup in early May.

The nap vote falls on Gordon Elliott's Final Day in the Tote Placepot Races 1 to 6 Novice Hurdle.

The more the surface dries out the better for the selection, who again impressed when shooting clear of Auenschutze at Downpatrick.

Endless Intrigue, blinkered for the first time, can land the Maiden for amateur riders.

He was beaten a neck by the 13lbs receiving Shop DJ in a Curragh bumper in May and that entitles him to the vote over Pozyc.

Michael Halford's Barrow Island looks the one to beat in the Tote Return All Profits to Racing Maiden.

He was third to Wade Giles at the Curragh and that contest has been working out quite nicely. Wade Giles went in again next time and the fifth, Romie's Kastett, subsequently recorded an easy success at Gowran Park.


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