The yard of Aengus King might not be one that is well known among casual racing followers. Having held a licence since the 2001/02 season, there have been just sixteen winners for the yard under rules in those sixteen seasons. It’s hardly a prolific record so it’s all the more interesting that he has won the 2.25 at Galway on Sunday afternoon twice in the last four years!
2.25 – Anna O’Coinne Memorial Handicap Chase – Fill The Tank
Fill The Tank was the winner of a point to point at Ballindenisk on his debut last December. He has shown no more than a modicum of promise in three beginners chases this autumn. The gelding makes his handicap debut on Sunday so this looks more of a suitable level, an opening mark of 104 workable enough of his most recent chase RPR of 111.
He got some experience of this unique track in a bumper at the Galway Festival, picking off a few late on from the back. This is without a doubt the best chance he has had under rules to be able to get involved. He will enjoy the ground and stays this trip well so given the record of Aengus King in this race, he needs serious consideration.
2019 – Braise
Although Braise didn’t land this race last year, he tanked to the front and was still heading the pack as they turned for home. He eventually faded out of it to finish fifth but he looked like making it 3/3 for the yard in this race for a long way.
2018 – Well Tom
His winner two years back was also making his handicap chase debut. He opened 16/1 on track before being sent off at 15/2. He arguably showed less in his runs for a mark than Fill The Tank has but the market suggests he had been showing more at home.
2016 – Capture The Drama
A different type winning here for the yard, already a winner of a point, a hurdle and a handicap chase by the time he won this. Always pushing the pace along, he was an impressive scorer for the Aengus King’s first win in the race.