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Galahad Quest

Galahad Quest put up an eye-catching performance in finishing third behind Good Boy Bobby and Cracking Destiny in the two-and-a-half-mile listed handicap chase at Wetherby last Friday.
Settled back in the field and towards the inside early on by David Noonan, he travelled well through his race and into the home straight. He made good progress from the fourth last fence, and he moved up nicely towards the far side over the third last and second last fences. He got in a little tight to the second last, and he came under pressure from there as Good Boy Bobby went for home. He landed a little flat-footed over the last as well, and he appeared to tire from there, but he kept on well enough to finish third, just missing out on second place by a half a length.

It was a really encouraging seasonal debut by Nick Williams’ horse. The ground was almost certainly faster than ideal for him, so it wasn’t surprising that he was really weak in the market, racing for the first time since February. Still only five, he could come on appreciably for this run, and he will be of particular interest when he can get back on softer ground. He holds an entry in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday, and he will be of interest if he lines up in that, off his handicap rating of 135. He might be better on a flatter track, his best runs have been at Haydock and Wetherby, but he did win the Grade 2 juvenile hurdle at Cheltenham’s January meeting in 2020, so he will be of interest if he goes to Cheltenham, especially if the ground comes up soft.
Wetherby, 29th October 2021