We are back to preview day six of the seven day bonanza at the Galway Festival. We have had some fantastic racing this week and there is no doubt the final two days will have some more thrills and spills. N’Golo was a winner for us yesterday and he looked a fascinating recruit for Willie Mullins and it will be interesting to see where he goes next. Catch all the action of the final two days live in your local Bar One Racing shop.
2.35 IRISH STALLION FARMS EBF MAIDEN
The one that interests me most in this race is the Dermot Weld trained HALITE.
He made his debut at Killarney and despite being slow away and in rear for most of the race he stuck to his task well and stayed on nicely up the straight. Colin Keane set very strong fractions aboard No Stopping Her so there was no hiding place throughout and for a first run Halite ran perfectly well.
He has the plum draw here in stall one and the pace will likely be slower here. He could get a nice toe into the race and challenge close home.
He will be hard to keep out of the frame if he can improve from his first run.
3.10 1M MAIDEN
CHIMERIC made a highly encouraging debut at Naas where he finished seventh behind Russian Emperor who went and won the Hampton Court at Royal Ascot this season.
It was an eye catching run as he wasn’t hard ridden and stayed on well under hands and heels. Fitness will need to be taken on trust here as he is 131 days off the track but he is drawn well.
If he can show normal improvement from first to second run he will be hard to keep out of the frame.
3.45 O’LEARY INSURANCES HANDICAP
It could be a quick double for connections as ULTRA PRIDE will look to break a run of consistent efforts and finally get his head in front.
The handicapper is giving him a chance as his last five runs he has been racing off either 71 or 72. He is nearly too consistent for his own good but always seems to give his running.
He is vulnerable to an improver in this race but I think Galway is a track that could really suit him and he could go close. He was too keen last time out at Leopardstown behind Wilderness but he gave weight to the three that finished ahead of him so it was quite an encouraging run.
Robbie Colgan will hopefully be able to get a nice position early from stall two and with luck in running he should go close.
4.15 1M HANDICAP
Joseph O’Brien had his team in cracking form at Leopardstown on Friday and ZOOM ZOOM BABE could be another winner for the team here.
This filly has been raised three pounds from her last run where she was only caught close home at Killarney behind the very progressive Star Of Cashel. Shane Crosse got her to travel lovely and she quickened up to lead a furlong out and kept on well but Star Of Cashel finished over the top and nabbed her.
She travels well in her races and Shane Crosse is on board again here, he should be able to kick for home a little earlier and the stiff finish at Galway might be enough to see her get her head in front.
A three pound rise from the handicapper makes her a massive player here and she will be hard to keep out of the frame.
4.45 FORAN EQUINE IRISH EBF AUCTION MAIDEN
Noel Meade is more renowned for his National Hunt horses but was successful on the level at Leopardstown yesterday with Luke Short and has a very interesting runner here in THEBEAUJOLAISPOPE.
He was beaten over ten lengths on his debut but that was behind Laws Of Indices who went on to cause a massive shock by landing the Group Two Railway Stakes at the Curragh. The form has a solid look to it as the fourth horse Vafortino has also come out and won next time out so I will be interested to see how this horse fares here.
He was always going to improve for his first run and he stayed on steadily at Navan having been outpaced early. Chris Hayes is on board here and looking at the market he looks massively overpriced.
He should be much more clued in today and looks massive each way value here.
Could be staying on well and hopefully snatch a place close home.
5.15 GALWAY SHOPPING CENTRE HANDICAP (PREMIER HANDICAP)
PRINCESS ZOE who was a winner for us earlier in the week is back in action and I think she could take the world of beating here.
She is back down in trip but the stiff finish played to her strength earlier in the week and it should do so again here. She ran in a Navan handicap where she finished second to Walking On Glass who was also a winner at the Festival.
She then followed that up with a very impressive victory in the Ladies Derby at the Curragh. She improved again off the back of that when landing the feature amateur race earlier this week and could improve again here.
She was raised seven pound in the handicap for that win but Joey Sheridan who is on board claims five so that negates most of it. With luck in running from stall seventeen she will take plenty of beating.
She will be my nap of Day Six.
Looks very progressive and will surely pick up more races before the season is out.
5.45 MC DONAGH CAPITAL INVESTMENTS HANDICAP
While the Willie Mullins trained Dark Voyager will be all the rage here, I am taking a small each way chance with ISAIAH trained by John Oxx as he steps up in trip.
Jamie Powell was on board last time at Ballinrobe and is on board again and this horse ran a nice race. He was in rear early and pushed along but he stayed on well. He has a decent draw here and of he is able to get him to travel he could improve for the step up in trip and run on into a place.
He ran in three decent maidens and was big prices for all three. He is by Camelot so I’m hoping the trip will bring out the improvement. Keep a close eye on him.