Paul Nicholls is sending two runners over to Ireland to contest the Galway Plate, which takes place on Wednesday, July 31. He is hoping for better success this time with both Modus and Black Corton being targeted at the €300,000 prize.
He had finished seventh with 10-1 chance Caid Du Berlais in his last attempt at landing this handicap race, sponsored by the Tote, in 2014.
He has revealed that these two horses will both contest the Plate this year.
Bryony Frost will partner eight-year-old Black Corton, who recently ran in the Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot. Paul Nicholls said he had run Black Corton at Ascot recently, because it was an opportunity for him to run after Sandown before the Galway Plate.
Nicholls said of his gutsy eight-year-old: “It was a hard task for Black Corton at Ascot but it was the chance to get a run in after Sandown and he ran as well as could be expected.
Galway manager Michael Moloney welcomed the prospect of further overseas runners taking up the challenge for the race which has seen an increase in prize money of €50,000 since last year.
He said: “Always around this time of year there’s a little bit of interest from overseas and we try to contact them to put it in the front of their minds.
“With huge prize money for the 150th running of the Galway Plate, we’d be hopeful of attracting runners over and it’s great to hear that Paul is targeting the race. It adds an extra dimension.”
As the quality of the race increases, life has become more difficult for smaller stables to have a runner in the chasing highlight of the festival – something Galway has attempted to address this year.