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ARTICLE BY DARREN O’CONGHAILE

It was fascinating to see trainer Sheila Lavery nominating Galeola as her handicapper to follow in her recent Sporting Life stable Tour.

The lightly raced daughter of Rip Van Winkle improved considerably last season, she won three of her last four races, and was only just beaten in the other. She was upgraded by 27lb on official ratings which is quite significant going forward. Galeola looks like a mare who will get better with more racing.

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Lavery exclaimed to Sporting Life; “She had a slight setback after she won at Leopardstown in August, and we just weren’t going to get her back for the back end of the season, so she has had a nice break. She has come back in really well, we’re incredibly happy with her.

She was always a big backward filly here, she was so big, she wouldn’t have done a huge amount of work early on. She didn’t make her racecourse debut until the November of her three-year-old year. She then added; “The ground was fast in Leopardstown in August, and she won on yielding ground at Tipperary, so I don’t think that she is ground dependent. She should be ready to go in July, and we’ll take it from there”.

Galeola is owned by the trainer’s brother, John. She is one for your notebooks when racing gets going again for certain.

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