Best bets at Galway – Monday’s Irish racing tips
We look over Monday’s fixture in Ireland and give our best bets at Galway for their racecard over the sticks.
While four meetings head to post across the UK in the afternoon, there is also a fixture in Ireland taking place with a twilight card at Galway over the sticks.
An eight-race card awaits punters looking to dabble in the evening action in Ireland and we take a look over the competitive racecard to give our tips for Monday’s Irish racing and our best bets at Galway.
MONDAY IRISH RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT GALWAY
4:05 Galway – Kenny Developments Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f
JANUARY JETS was due to make his reappearance last week but missed his intended engagement on account of the ground. However it looks worth sticking with Henry de Bromhead’s charge who posted some solid form when last seen.
The Presenting gelding was a winner between the flags prior to switching to Jessica Harrington and he twice filled the frame including when last seen finishing third to The Big Getaway at Naas in January although he was beaten the thick end of twenty lengths on that occasion.
Given that rival went on to finish third in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and the runner-up won next time out prior to having a crack at the Albert Bartlett Hurdle then that form looks a class apart to what’s on offer elsewhere and he can make a winning debut for his new yard if lack of a recent run doesn’t catch him out.
5:40 Galway – Galway Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 2m5½f
YEATS ENCORE has been in decent fettle since switching to the handicap ranks, filling the frame on all three starts in handicaps and the Yeats mare latterly finished a good third behind Heliers Bay at Ballinrobe when last seen.
Beaten around seven lengths on that occasion she returns to a longer trip here which may not be entirely ideal; but she did look last time as if a stiffer test might suit so it is understandable why her trainer has stepped the six-year old back up in distance.
A first-time hood worn in this outing could elicit some improvement and she remains on a handy mark so it would be no surprise if she were to make her presence felt here if seeing out the stiffer test of stamina.
6:10 Galway – Win Big With Tote Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m2f
KONITHO built on his chase debut which came on the back of a lengthy absence to find only one too good at Roscommon, denied by a short-head behind Got Trumped and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can go one better here to get off the mark over fences at the third attempt.
The Konig Turf gelding is one of three in the race sporting the JP McManus silks and he has the services of Mark Walsh which is an obvious plus to his chances. He does have to prove stamina for this longer trip but it may well kindle some improvement so he can build on the promise he showed last time.
A Naas hurdle winner he has shown he has ability and he should be on the premises.
7:10 Galway – Kenny Developments Handicap Chase (4yo+ 0-116) 2m6½f
IN YOUR SHADOW won on his last attempt over fences and Noel Meade’s charge looks worth siding with to double up in this sphere having finished runner-up the last twice back over hurdles.
The Stowaway gelding ran out a ready winner over Get Smart when last seen chasing, but he has since chased home Mick Charlie at Kilbeggan and Shanroe Al C latest at Sligo over timber and he can continue in good form back chasing.
The form of that last hurdles win looks very fair and now switching to the handicap ranks back over fences there is a suspicion that a mark of 113 may underestimate his potential to improve in this discipline.
He had looked set to go close the time before that last chase win when falling whilst still travelling well and there is likely more to come from him as a chaser so no surprise if he progresses again returned to the larger obstacles.