WATCH WELD TALENT SHOW; Sublime Set for Ballybrit Success

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Byline: by PEADAR FLANAGAN

HAVE confidence in the master Galway Festival trainer Dermot Weld and row in with his charge Sublime Talent in the [euro]75,000 Car l ton. ie/galway c i t y Qualified Riders Handicap, the big race on the opening day at Ballybrit.

Weld doesn't half know what is required to win this race, having landed it for the last three years.

And his decision to run Sublime Talent instead of Universal Truth, who had also been entered and who appeared to have a major chance, is a tip in itself.

In April, Sublime Talent, a fouryear-old by Sadler's Wells, opened his account in a one-mile and three-furlong maiden at Limerick and also unplaced over hurdles at Punchestown.

He was then rested by his shrewd handler before humping 9st 6lb to victory in a 10-furlong handicap at the Curragh eight days ago, when he held the lastditch challenge of Boxer Beat by a neck.

That success was far easier than the winning margin might suggest; Pat Smullen looked to have matters well in control throughout the final furlong and, to my eye, Sublime Talent won very cleverly.

The ground at Galway yesterday was good to yielding, yielding in places. So unless there is a dramatic change in the weather, the selection, whose two victories to date have come on yielding ground, looks certain to be at home on the terrain.

He also looks well in at the weights. He will carry just 10st 6lb, after account is taken of the 3lb claim of proven rider Roger Quinlan.

The only question mark is over Sublime Talent's ability to handle this step up to two miles. But Weld does not appear to harbour any serious doubts.

With 20 runners due to line up in what should be a thriller for the opening night crowd, the betting market will be widely spread. and one of a number who will carry support, in addition to Sublime Talent, is the Pat Flynn-trained Galianna, who annihilated her rivals in a twomile handicap at Clonmel in May.

Galianna has risen 13lb in the ratings for that success. But the in-form daughter of Galileo may be open to further improvement and looks likely to take a hand in the finish.

Admiral Barry ran a blinder when just touched off by Fisher Bridge in a two-mile handicap at the Curragh last month. But Eoin Griffin's charge, who had earlier been well beaten by Galianna when finishing second at Clonmel, will find it hard to reverse that form, even at revised weights.

The bookies are bound to be wary of Charles Byrne's Cyborg, who landed a major gamble over hurdles at Ballinrobe in May and who also scored in a one-mile and six-furlong handicap at Bellewstown earlier this month. …