Preview: Galway Races, day 5

Galway Races moves on to day five, of seven, on Friday

Alan Marron is on hand once again to provide his thoughts on racing at the unique Galway Festival

GALWAY FRIDAY 2/8/2019 – Preview by Alan Marron

Here is a link to Friday’s markets – prices will be available on Thursday evening

5.10 2m (2m11y) Guinness Galway Tribes Handicap Hurdle (4yo+)

LEVER DE SOLEIL is a very interesting runner here for Gavin Cromwell after coming off four wins on the flat where she was very well handicapped.

Fitness will be no issue here and when you have a mare in form she could be very hard to get past.

She finished 7th of 22 in a decent handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse over Easter. She stays on the same mark as that run and could be nicely handicapped over obstacles now. The ground or the track won’t be an issue.

Has to be respected in current form.



5.45 7f James’s Gate Irish EBF Median Auction Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo)

The master of Rosewell House, Dermot Weld, who used to farm this meeting, will be looking to get on the score-sheet at some stage this week and has a good chance here with KASSABA.

He finished behind Santiago last time out but I think he has a very good chance to overturn the form if he is ridden a little closer to the pace.

Kassaba stayed on well in the closing stages and this filly could go very close if she brings her stamina into play up the hill.




6.15 2m6½f (2m6f111y) Guinness Galway Blazers Handicap Chase (4yo+)

Denis Hogan is a trainer who knows the time of day and he will be trying to land this decent pot with the mare OCEAN GLANDORE.

For anyone who watched her last run, you would have seen she pricked her ears going to the last fence and battled all the way to the line to prevail close home.

She has been raised eight pound in the weights but I think if she gets her own way up front here she could get into a rhythm early and put her rivals to the sword.



6.50 1m4f Guinness Handicap (3yo+)

IL PARADISO has been risen a stone in the weights since his last run when he won very impressively by twelve lengths at The Curragh over two miles. He drops back to a mile and a half here and his stamina could be his forte in the final furlong when others are tiring.

This race is very competitive but he is the type of improver that Aidan O Brien excels with.

He could effectively be a Group horse in a handicap and he looks the one they all have to beat.



7.25 1m4f Guinness Irish EBF Fillies Maiden (3yo+)

This race lacks plenty of substantial form and many of the fillies at the top of the market are very exposed.

IRRADIATE ran a very promising debut at Killarney, when she finish 8th of 14 but she was only 6/1 in the betting that day so much better was expected. She was given quite an educational ride under hands and heels in the final furlong.

She should run better with that experience behind her. Solid each way value.



7.55 1m½f (1m98y) Arthur Guinness Handicap (3yo 50-70)

REHOBOTH BEACH went into many notebooks last time out when flying home from off the pace. He was fourth to Calling Time that day when the pace seemed to be up front.

Most of the winners that night at Killarney went from the front or raced handy. This horse now has the perfect draw in stall one if they want to make use of it.

He was dropped a pound in the handicap from his last run so that should leave him perfectly weighted for this race and a big run is expected.



8.25 1m6f (1m6f14y) Rockshore Apple Cider Race (4yo+)

Emmet Mullins has his team in fine form and it could pay to look at the betting without market here on his horse SNEAKY GETAWAY.

He was very impressive last time out at Leopardstown and, even though The King has some strong form-lines, Sneaky Getaway could give him the most to do.

Sneaky Getaway is a two-time bumper winner and has shown a nice turn of foot in winning his races and this is what could be his forte around this tight track.

The favourite will be tough to beat but could be put under a little pressure on the run-in here.

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