Our expert gives his prediction for the Galway Hurdle

Punters watch the action in Ballybrit yesterday
Punters watch the action in Ballybrit yesterday

It is exactly two years to the day since Max Dynamite ran over hurdles and the handicapper hasn’t had a chance of revising his handicap mark.

Otherwise I reckon that the now seven-year-old would have considerably more to carry in Thursday’s Guinness Galway Hurdle than the 10-10 which has been asked to bear. 

Max Dynamite came with a flying run on the run-in to be a two-and-a-half length second behind Quick Jack in the 2015 Galway Hurdle. He went on from there to win the Lonsdale Cup on the flat at York and then was a close second in the famed Melbourne Cup. 

His last race saw him finish a “disappointing” 10th of 17 runners behind Order Of St George in last year’s Gold Cup at Ascot. He hasn’t raced since but is that a problem for a horse coming out of the Willie Mullins academy? 

When going through the weights the other names which proved very attractive were the Gordon Elliott trained Timiyan and the Joseph O’Brien-trained Tigris River. 

Tigris River is on a hat-trick, having won a two mile flat handicap at the Curragh before trotting up over hurdles at Bellewstown. He could be a blot on the handicap as could Elliott’s Timiyan which has won his last two at Roscommon and Bellewstown. 

My forecast for the race is Max Dynamite to win from Tigris River.