DON'T DOUBT THOMAS; ALL THE NEWS FROM YESTERDAY'S THIRD DAY PLUS TODAY'S BIG RACE PREVIEW; Edison Can Give Martin and McManus First Guinness Galway Hurdle Success

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DON'T DOUBT THOMAS; ALL THE NEWS FROM YESTERDAY'S THIRD DAY PLUS TODAY'S BIG RACE PREVIEW; Edison Can Give Martin and McManus First Guinness Galway Hurdle Success


Byline: PETER O'HEHIR

THOMAS Edison should make a bold bid to give JP McManus a first Guinness Galway Hurdle victory.

The champion owner has won virtually every top prize in National Hunt racing, in Britain and Ireland.

But, despite his impressive record in the Plate, today's feature, Ireland's most valuable hurdle race has eluded him over the decades.

Today, however, that could change when THOMAS EDISON, bogged down in heavy ground when 11th behind Missunited last year, is sent off favourite to give both McManus and trainer Tony Martin a first win in the big race.

And on board will be Tony McCoy, who won the race on Toast The Spreece for Aidan O'Brien, back in 1997.

Admittedly, Thomas Edison's hurdle form is far from outstanding - he has scored just once over timber, in a maiden hurdle at Bellewstown two years ago.

But he has been dogged by bad luck along the way, being hampered on a few occasions, notably at Down Royal last November, and, significantly when hampered and unseating his rider at the second last flight in the Boylesports at Leopardstown back in January.

It's encouraging, however, that the Danehill Dancer gelding has shown significant improvement on the flat in recent months, winning two handicaps at the Curragh.

Back over hurdles, on his favoured fast ground and off an attractive racing-weight (10-6), Thomas Edison has outstanding claims in what doesn't look a vintage renewal of the Hurdle despite the massive winner's prize of [euro]150,500.

Leading the opposition to the favourite will be Gordon Elliott's BAYAN, trained for the day since failing narrowly to Curley Bill in the valuable Guinness Handicap, on the flat, here last year.

This versatile five-year-old finished third to Whisper in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham in March, having filled third spot in the Leopardstown November Handicap.

Successful on the flat at Leopardstown recently, in his prep race, Bayan has obvious claims, with Davy Condon in the saddle. …

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