Baraweez back at Galway for BMW Mile bid

Mon 31 Jul 2017

Galway regular Baraweez spearheads a double assault on the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap by Brian Ellison.

The feature race on the second day of the Festival, Ellison may even have three runners as first reserve Stipulate could also represent the Malton handler.

Baraweez has not been in the best of form this season but, as a result, he has dropped to his lowest mark for some time.

Twice a previous winner at the Festival, Ellison is hoping his return to Ireland brings about a return to form.

"He's back down to a decent mark and loves it at Galway," said Ellison.

"My only worry is that he wouldn't want too much more rain, it's been pouring down.

"He's fresh and well, he's bucking and kicking and in good form."

Baraweez will be ridden by 7lb apprentice Sean Davis.

"Sean has a good reputation and I've asked a few people about him who speak very highly of him," Ellison added.

"In races like this every pound counts so if you've got a good lad taking 7lb off it makes a big difference."

Ellison's Dream Walker is another who has won at Galway before but has been disappointing so far this year.

"Dream Walker will love the ground but needs to bounce back to form," he went on.

"I thought he was coming back to himself having run a good race at Chester but then he ran no race at all at Newmarket.

"He ran well twice here last year, including winning, so that might spark him back to life."

Iain Jardine sends Hibou over from his Carrutherstown base having won a valuable event at Hamilton. 

"He won a nice prize at Hamilton and the second horse of Mark Johnston's (Masham Star) has franked the form," said Jardine.

"The ground is ideal for him as he likes a bit of cut, he's well drawn and the jockey (David Nolan) knows him well. He's in tip-top form and I'm expecting a nice run but obviously I know it's not going to be easy to win.

"We'll need a lot of luck as it's very competitive but we wouldn't have taken him over for the good hospitality, we've taken him because we think he'll run well."

Dermot Weld's Tandem tops the weights having won all three of his races this season.

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