Mark Nunan

Mark Nunan

Belfast Banter 'working well' ahead of Galway Hurdle bid

Wed 21st Jul 2021, 14:57

Belfast Banter (noseband) and Kevin Sexton winning at Aintree
© Photo Healy Racing

Belfast Banter is giving trainer Peter Fahey all the right vibes ahead of his tilt at the Guinness Galway Hurdle a week tomorrow.

The Jeremy gelding, who came good in the spring with a 33/1 success in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham which he built on when landing the Grade 1 Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree, is set to carry 10st 13lb in the day four feature a week tomorrow and heads the ante-post market at a general quote of 8/1.

The Monasterevin handler told Dave Keena: “He’s in brilliant form. His first two bits of work have been very good.

"He’s another couple of bits to do between now and then but he seems to be working well and he’s in good form.

“Luckily he won his maiden hurdle around Galway which is a big plus and a fast-run two miles seems to suit him which you usually get in Galway as well.”

Fahey’s other entry is Visionarian (9st 13lb) towards the foot of the weights, but last month’s 2m4f Down Royal winner needs quite a few to come out to get a run and the extended 2m6f Guinness Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) on the Friday of the Festival is an alternative option for him.

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