Galway Festival Day Two Preview

Alan Marron is back to preview Day Two of the Galway Festival

We are back for Day Two of the Galway Festival and look to plenty of decent chances to go to war with. Penny Out was unlucky not to get up close home and land the spoils for us on Day One but we got a winner on the board with Princess Zoe at 7/1 who landed the feature on Monday for Finny Maguire.

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Ger Lyons and Colin Keane are having one of those unforgettable seasons and they could get another winner on the board here with the Dark Angel filly ANGEL PALM – UNFORTUNATELY, THIS HORSE IS NOW A NON-RUNNER

She ran in a very strong maiden at Leopardstown first time out finishing an eye catching fourth behind Oodnadatta trained by Jessica Harrington. The form of the race has worked out really well, Minaun who finished second went to Cork and won a Group Three and Shale who finished sixth broke her maiden next time out at Gowran Park in impressive fashion.

Angel Palm will no doubt improve off the back of her debut run and should be very hard to beat here.


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This race looks like a minefield and is going to be very hard to work out. The draw could prove to be vital here and I am going to take a small chance on the Willie Mc Creery trained ANGEL’S TRUMPET.

There was money around for him on debut and he was very green leaving the stalls and got hampered and then travelled well enough until he just flattened out up the home straight. He may improve off the back of that run but the money could have suggested he was working better than he ran.

If he is more streetwise this time around he could go well at a decent price.

Keep a close eye on the market as it doesn’t look the strongest maiden in the world.



CELESTIAL OBJECT showed a very willing attitude last time out when trying to make all at Killarney and only got picked off inside the final furlong by a fast finishing Lovelier trained by Aidan O’Brien.

She has the prime draw again here if Shane Foley is looking to race prominent and she could just get away off the front and give the others plenty to think about. She has some very good form to her name and deserves to land a decent pot this season. She was second in a Group Three at Leopardstown the time before and had finished fourth in a very good listed race at Newmarket last season.

With plenty of rain around the west of Ireland she is one filly that wont be inconvenienced by it as she has won of soft to heavy last season.

She should be very hard to beat here.

Jessica Harrington has strength in depth with fillies and mares and can she land another big pot with Celestial Object?


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The Noel Meade trained LAFAYETTE has caught by eye on a number of occasions and will be one of the main contenders here granted some luck in running.

He was held up towards the rear at Cork last time out but ran on very strongly to snatch third close home. The front two had raced prominently and Lafayette done very well to get as close as he did. I can see him race slightly closer to the pace here and the stiff finish around Galway should really suit. He has been dropped a pound by the handicapper and in my eyes that is lenient.

He should handle the ground and has a nice draw, should be very hard to keep out of the frame here.



The feature of the night and it looks to be extremely competitive to say the least. This will be somewhat of a cavalry charge and there will be plenty of hard luck stories.

I am taking quite a shot in the dark here with the Pauric Roche trained THE BROGHIE MAN. He will likely be a very big price but could outrun his odds of the back of some very strong form when he was last seen on the level.

He was formerly trained by Adrian Keatley and was fourth off a mark of 90 and third off a mark of 86 albeit that it was over seven furlongs. The most noticeable thing for me is that he was doing all his best work at the finish and is now rated 85. He ran at Bellewstown over hurdles recently where a better run was likely expected but he dropped out tamely.

That was his first run off the season and whether it was a pipe opener for Galway we will find out. The one line of form that really stands out for me is his third place finish behind Romantic Proposal and Katiymann. Romantic Proposal was last seen winning the “Scurry” handicap at the Curragh and is now rated 91 while Katiymann is very consistent and rated 96.

If The Broghie Man can get close to that form that he is overpriced and could run a massive race here with the plum draw in stall two.



OUT ON FRIDAY should be well suited by Galway as he likes to race prominently and was unlucky not to have held on when trying to make all the last twice.

Vanessa Maye gave him an excellent ride at Tipperary when he just got caught on the line by Rock On Seamie. Colin Keane was aboard last time out and similar tactics were employed where he just got headed in the final stride behind Munfallet.

The handicapper has left him off the same mark of 55 and with Colin Keane retaining the ride I could see him go very close. He could just get away from them off the front in Galway and while the stiff finish could be more of an issue I can see him being far enough clear this time to hold on and get his deserved handicap victory.



NAM trained by Thomas Mullins looks one of the strongest contenders in this race and granted some luck in running should go very close.

The run at the Curragh last time was full of promise when the trip just looked to be too far. He travelled strongly for David Mullins to the two furlong marker and then flattened out. He drops back to a mile here and with the stiff finish around Galway that should be perfect.

Shane Foley is an eye catching jockey booking suggesting connections are looking for a big run. His run at Naas prior to the Curragh was a cracking run where he stayed on very strongly close home to snatch fourth and was slightly unlucky in running.

The handicapper has left him on the same mark of 68 as his last two runs and should he be able to negate the draw in stall eleven he should be finishing late and fast and go very close.



We save the NAP of Day Two until the last race, as the master of Rosewell House, Dermot Weld finally puts NOSTRA CASA up in trip.

This horse is in my notebook a while now and I think he is very much an unfurnished individual who could really improve for a stamina test.

His first run this season he looked like he would improve massively off the back of it, he was slow away and wandered slightly under pressure but stuck his head down and ran on well. He was then favourite at Navan where he finished fourth and if I’m being honest I don’t know how he finished as close as he did. He lost his place up the straight but ran on all the way to the line which suggests that the stamina test should be right up his street.

The blinkers that were tried last time are retained here and that should help him concentrate.

I could see him doing all his best work at the finish here and winning impressively for a trainer who loves getting winners at Ballybrit.


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