Tips, betting preview for Day 2 of the Galway Festival live on Racing TV

4.45

TRUST in Me.

Jim Bolger’s MEALA has improved with each and every run in her maidens and she can utilise that experience to land the odds here. 

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This field is bursting with potential, but the Bolger filly has so much in her favour with a great draw, the forward-going style to take advantage of it and the experienced Kevin Manning aboard.

She’s already shown she has speed, but she’s bred to get much further than this in time — I expect her to bounce out fast and have this won in the first furlong.

Winter Oasis should go well given the form her yard is in and Angel Palm should come on plenty for this second start. Ger Lyons’ filly was only one place behind the selection on debut, so I doubt there will be much between them here if she can break fast enough. 

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5.15

THIS one is TEED UP for a big run.

Ken Condon’s runners usually come on plenty for their debuts, so to see his TEED UP run so well first time out bodes well for him getting off the mark here.

He had consistent Balmari over three lengths back in fifth and there was an experienced one of Dermot Weld’s in third too — they’re both rated 81 and 79 respectively, so the selection is clearly pretty smart. He’s drawn wide, but most of the fancied ones are too and jockey Billy Lee is a genius around here. I really don’t see a reason why he shouldn’t go one better here.

There should be plenty more to come from Willie McCreery’s Angel Trumpet and Inventor, but they are likely to reach their peak in handicap company.

Aidan O’Brien’s War Leader has experience but is clearly limited on ability.

Rocket Science is improving with experience but Mostaqqer is likely to go close for Dermot Weld — who has farmed this race in previous years. 

5.45

CELESTIAL can star.

Jessie Harrington’s CELESTIAL OBJECT rates a strong selection in what is a wide open renewal of the Corrib Fillies Listed Stakes. While big on numbers, there isn’t much between the runners on ratings and that leaves the door open for the improvers to make their mark. Celestial Object is beautifully bred and has always promised to hit the mark at this level. She’s proven with cut in the ground, shows plenty of speed in her races and the drop to seven furlongs should see her run these ragged from a great draw in five.

Johnny Murtagh’s Champers Elysees is another on the rise after going up 8lb for winning a Curragh handicap on her return, but she still has to prove she is up to this level.

Unforgetable was only beaten half a length in a Group 3 recently, Crotchet takes a big drop in class but last year’s winner Surrounding looks the main danger. She is drawn wide in 15, but her last two runs behind Speak In Colours and Romanised are right up there with the best of her wins. She comes here at the top of her game as she bids to land back to back renewals for the Halford yard. 

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6.15

BANK on Frank in the three-year-old handicap. Ger Lyons has won this three times in the last five years and he looks to have another progressive sort to fire at this race in FRANK ARTHUR.

He travelled like the winner for much of the race when second on his handicap debut last time and losing out there may have done him the world of good with tonight in mind as it would’ve taught him, his rider Colin Keane and the team at Ger Lyons’ plenty. He looked some way better than his opening mark and he only went up 3lb, he should win this in style.

Meaningful Vote was hammered by the handicapper for winning at Naas, but he is the only one in here with a course win and that puts him top of the list of dangers ahead of Donnacha O’Brien’s Mythologic and Noel Meade’s Lafayette

6.45

TAKE the solid Option in the BMW Mile. For such a big handicap that regularly pulls in the runners, the market rarely gets it wrong. This looks a good race for the formbook and with that in mind — why look any further than CURRENT OPTION?

Ado McGuinness’s five-year-old has been a real star for the yard since arriving from Willie Haggas’ last year. He’s won once and finished second four times from six starts and all in top class handicaps like this. The only time he faltered was on his seasonal reappearance when far too fresh. He carted himself into the lead before halfway and was only headed a furlong out. He keeps going up the weights, but he keeps on improving too.

Last year’s winner Saltonstall, Njord and Tauran Shaman all merit respect as course and distance winners, Helvic Dream catches the eye with Colin Keane up but must defy a wide draw in 20.

Magnetic North gave notice of his return to form with a very pleasing fourth behind smart Patrick Sarsfield at Navan and has every chance of getting to the lead from stall 10.

7.15

OUT for glory. After being mugged on the line at Leopardstown last week, Colin Keane will be itching to get another chance aboard OUT ON FRIDAY. That was the third run in succession where Philip Byrne’s four-year-old has lost out in the dying strides, but he continues to give the impression that he is putting all the pieces together and it is only a matter of time until he finally strikes on turf.

Emphatic is a huge danger if bouncing back to the form that saw him twice finish a close second over course and distance last year. But, he will need to be in some shape first time out to keep tabs on the selection and I expect that race fitness to count for plenty. 

7.45

BOY zoning in on a Galway repeat.

Everything points to DANI’S BOY running a big race in the second division of the Caulfield Industrial Handicap. He’s the only one in the field in winning form, he’s the only course winner and that win came over this very trip two years ago. All conditions come alike to Pat Fahy’s five-year-old and he’s an uncomplicated ride — he breaks fast and likes to sit handy or lead. Declan McDonagh retains the ride too after steering him to victory last time out.

Mulzamm and Plum Perfect have to be on the shortlist in their current form and King Christophe can go well after an improved showing at Killarney.

 

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