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CITY ISLAND: 2019 Ballymore king bids for first win in more than two years at Galway

Can Festival winner City Island return to winning ways at the Galway Festival?

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Previous Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle winner City Island bids aims to win for the first time since his Prestbury Park glory two seasons ago.

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Martin Brassil’s gelding was only six when he won the Grade 1 at the Cheltenham Festival in 2019, but has struggled in subsequent outings since – a winless streak he will hope doesn’t extend to seven at Ballybrit.

WATCH: CITY ISLAND SEES OFF CHAMP IN A CRACKING BALLYMORE AT THE 2019 CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL [CREDIT: RACING TV]

The son of Court Cave beat a strong field in stunning fashion under Mark Walsh, but it’s the in-form Darragh O’Keefe who will partner the charge in Wednesday’s Guinness Open Gate Brewery Beginners Chase at 5:10pm.

Former Festival hero Bleu Berry is also in contention for Willie Mullins, with the 10-year-old winning just once since his Coral Cup success three years ago.

Trainer Willie Mullins after Turban won the Underwriting Exchange Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Steeplechase at Fairyhouse Racecourse, Ratoath, Ireland.
Willie Mullins has two runners in the 5:10pm at Galway on Thursday, including Coral Cup winner Bleu Berry

Streets Of Doyen finished a brilliant third in Gloucestershire back in March but didn’t quite fire in his two starts after, but appears an exciting recruit to this sphere for John McConnell under 3lb claimer, Simon Torrens.

2D7NNA4 Streets Of Doyen ridden by Richard Johnson clears a fence before going on to win the Lara Telfer Reined In For Racing Welfare Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Cheltenham winners aplenty dominate the Guinness Open Gate Brewery Beginners Chase

15 runners in total line up for the second contest of the afternoon, with much of the focus turning to the Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap feature at 6:15pm later in the card.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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