Galway Festival 2018
Day 5 – Friday 3rd August 2018
The 6.50 at Galway is a contest on the level ridden over a mile and four furlongs and the one i’m siding with here is LIMINI for Willie Mullins. She just got ran out of it close home on Monday by her stablemate but she’s likely to be bang there again here and is due to go up eleven pounds after. Kevin Manning takes the ride.
LIMINI – (11/8)
Onto the 7.55 a handicap chase contested over a distance of two miles and six furlongs and my fancy here comes in the form of VIEUX MORVAN for Joseph O’Brien. He looked as though he badly needed the run the last day at Killarney but has smart form before that in big handicaps. If more tuned up here he
could well play a part.
VIEUX MORVAN – (15/2) (E/W)
The 8.25 is a Handicap Hurdle over a trip of just over two miles and the one I like here is ON THE GO AGAIN for Michael Mulvany and Davy Russell. A horse who relishes a bit of cut in the ground and has been in fine form on the level winning in Listed Company and the Irish Lincoln. If transferring that form over hurdles here he’s sure to be a big player.
ON THE GO AGAIN (11/4)
Day 4 – Thursday 2nd August 2018
Kicking off in the afternoon on Day Four of the Galway Festival is the 1.40 which is a Beginners Chase that’s ridden over two miles and six furlongs.
The one I like here is AH LITTLELUCK, he was last seen when finishing a clear second at Wexford and with a trip and ground that should suit I think a bold showing could well be on the cards.
AH LITTLELUCK – (4/1)
The 2.15 is a Novice Chase over two miles and two furlongs and I can’t get away from the market leader here in the form of CADMIUM for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh. A horse that’s in great form and he should go very close to continuing that here.
CADMIUM – (1/1)
Moving onto the level now for the 2.50 and it’s Handicap company over a distance of a mile and half a furlong.
The one i’m siding with here is KNOWING YOU for Dermot Weld. He’ll appreciate the cut in the ground and this trip should also be up his street. If getting a clear run he should be playing a part at the business end.
KNOWING YOU – (6/1)
The 4.35 is of course the fascinating Galway Hurdle a Grade A Handicap that’s ridden over a distance of two miles. I’ve got two selections to go to war with here and the first of these comes in the form of LE RICHEBOURG for Joseph O’Brien and Barry Geraghty. He’s got useful form of hurdles and despite being well beaten in the County at Cheltenham I think he can go well here at a track he’s got form at.
The second one I like is CARTWRIGHT for Gordon Elliott. He’s put in some impressive displays in decent company over the winter and with a bit of cut in the ground here I think he can get involved for this all conquering yard.
LE RICHEBOURG – (9/1) (E/W)
CARTWRIGHT – (12/1) (E/W)
Day 3 – Wednesday 1st August 2018
Day 3 of the Galway Festival kicks off with a Maiden Hurdle and I can’t see past DEBUCHET. She brings solid Cheltenham Festival form to the table and should be tough to beat.
DEBUCHET – (10/11)
The 5.40 is a Handicap Hurdle over two miles and five furlongs and the one I like here is POWERSBOMB. Not the most prolific of winners but has gone close before off this sort of mark and could well get involved here.
POWERSBOMB – (13/2) (E/W)
Onto the Galway Plate the feature contest of the day and I’ve picked out two selections for this particular affair.
The first of these comes in the form of CALINO D’AIRY for Henry de Bromhead and Bryan Cooper. A dual course winner and representing a trainer who has a fine record in this I think he can go well.
The other one is SATURNAS for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh. He’s got a bit to prove after the last two outings but he’s still unexposed compared to a lot of these and is a smart sort in his own right.
CALINO D’AIRY – (10/1) (E/W)
SATURNAS – (11/1) (E/W)
Day 2 – Tuesday 31st July 2018
Day 2 of the Galway Festival kicks off once again at 5.20 and it’s a Listed Novice Hurdle over two miles.
Like yesterday ill be keeping it simple and siding with the jolly and that’s EXCHANGE RATE for Willie and Ruby. Won comfortably the last day and I think he should step up and go close to taking the opener for the all conquering connections again.
EXCHANGE RATE – (5/4)
The 6.25 is a Fillies Maiden over seven furlongs and my NAP of the afternoon here comes in the form of HERMOSA for Aiden O’Brien. Related to some very smart sorts I think this one can progress from her debut fourth and go very close here.
HERMOSA – (10/11)
The BMW Mile is a valuable handicap on the level with a total of 70 grand to the winner.
Always a fiercely competitive contest and that’s no different here. I’m going to take a chance on DREAM WALKER. He hasn’t shown much for his new yard but has won here at the past two festivals for Brian Ellison so he clearly has a feel for the place and could well run a big one again.
DREAM WALKER – (11/1) (E/W)
The 8.10 is the final race ill look at today a handicap on the level over a distance of a mile and a furlong.
The one I’ll take a chance on is DELEGATING. An eighteen race maiden however he’s ran well round here before and is off a workable mark.
DELEGATING – (11/1) (E/W)
Day 1 – Monday 30th July 2018
The Galway Festival of 2018 kicks off with the 5.20 a Novice Hurdle Race and I’m keeping it simple and siding with the favourite EASY GAME here for Willie Mullins.
Ruby Walsh back on board with his first ride since Cheltenham and this horse made a great start to life for Willie with a comfortable success and he should be going close to repeating that here.
EASY GAME – (1/1)
The 5.55 is a typically big field handicap over hurdles and a distance of two miles.
Somewhat of a minefield for punters im going to take a chance on MOTCOMB STREET for John Hanlon. Ran on the Flat last month in what looked like a prep for this. Ran solid races last year in defeat in maiden hurdles and he could well play a part here as this looks to of been the long term plan.
MOTCOMB STREET – (9/1) (E/W)
The attention turns to the level now and Maiden company over seven furlong and a race that Dermot Weld has pretty much made his own.
He saddles Third World here who comes here with a big chance however I’m going to take a chance again on MOUNT TABORA for Aiden O’Brien. He’s not looked the most straight forward however he’s progressed with each run and has the clear form of the race. He should have a win in him and should go close.
MOUNT TABORA – (2/1)
Staying on the level for the 7.05 and another big handicap this however on the Flat and over seven furlongs.
The one I like here is TASHMAN for Dermot Weld. He’s been gelded since his run the last day and he’s bumped into some smart sorts in maiden company. I think he can go well here for his powerful connections.
TASHMAN – (7/2)
The 7.40 is perhaps one of the most intriguing contests of the first day of the Galway Festival, it’s a handicap on the Flat ridden over a distance of two miles and a furlong and it see’s the return of Cheltenham Festival winner Limini for Willie Mullins.
Limini will be a warm order for this with punters and if she’s anywhere near her best she should be going close off this mark. However I’m going to try and take her on at the prices and the first of the ones ill do this with is another one from Willie Mullins in CHELKAR. He made an excellent comeback when fourth at Royal Ascot behind his stalemate and I think he’ll come on massively for than run and be a big player here.
The other one at a bigger price is MILES TO MEMPHIS. He was fifth here to the smart Whiskey Sour last year off a few pounds higher and has since gone on to run solid races on the level. He’s around 14/1 which I think is a more than fair each way alternative.
CHELKAR – (4/1)
MILES TO MEMPHIS – (14/1) (E/W)