Day one Galway Festival tips – Best bets for Monday’s Irish horse racing

Monday sees the start of one of the premier Irish racing festivals of the year and we give our day one Galway Festival tips for Monday’s fixture.

One of the biggest weeks in the Irish racing calendar, the Galway Festival kicks off on Monday afternoon with an eight race card featuring competitive handicap action throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

The day one action gets underway from 4.10pm and we’ve taken a look over a quality racecard in Ireland to give our day one Galway Festival racing tips for Monday’s fixture.


4:10 Galway – Irish EBF (C & G) Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 7f

LUST finished behind the reopposing Wembley when the pair made their respective debuts in a Curragh maiden last month; but Ger Lyons’ charge was clearly in need of the experience having missed the start and then running green throughout.

The Fastnet Rock colt showed the benefit of that outing next time where he finished just one length third behind Los Andes at Navan earlier this month, fading in the final final but clear of the rest . That run represented a step forward and the form took a boost when the runner-up struck at Leopardstown during the week just past.

This return to seven furlongs should prove ideal having possibly just found one mile too stiff last time and he can continue to improve.

He’ll have some work on to reverse debut placings with Aidan O’Brien’s Wembley who is similarly progressive and boasts slightly stronger form; but the yard are in a good place at the moment and with the potential for better he can make his presence felt and is chanced to come out on top here.

5:45 Galway – & Handicap (Div II) (4yo+ 50-80) 7f

THE MPEX KID is much less exposed than most of these rivals and the Tamayuz gelding can follow up his breakthrough success with victory in this contest.

Dot Love’s charge didn’t appear to pull up any trees in a number of maiden contests last term although he did finish third at Cork on his second start behind Highland Dress; but he took a significant forward step when readily winning on his reappearance and first try in a handicap when beating Neyland at Fairyhouse last month.

He showed a good attitude to land the win and he was value for the distance so likely has more in the tank. The handicapper hasn’t taken any chances, slapping Dot Love’s runner with a 12lbs hike in the weights; but there may be better yet to come from him on just his second handicap outing and he’s chanced to improve again and land back-to-back wins.

6:15 Galway – Easyfix Handicap (4yo+ 50-80) 1m4½f

Lightly-raced CENTROID could be the answer to a very competitive handicap contest and the Dansili gelding can find another chunk of improvement to feature here and get back on the scoresheet.

Dermot Weld is no stranger to winners at this venue and his charge was a debut winner at Leopardstown where he looked smart in despatching Leaderboard and others by two lengths. He shaped as if amiss on his next start at Naas and was absent for the thick end of two years before returning at the Curragh last month.

He clearly needed that effort, but he showed the benefit to finish four lengths’ fourth to Rocky Blue at Leopardstown on his latest start and can progress again stepping back up in trip.

A half-brother to superstar mare Enable, there may be more still to come from the lightly-raced five year old who has a good conditional rider up and his 5lbs claim could go a long way to helping the Dansili gelding get back on the scoresheet in a competitive contest.

Our day one Galway Festival tips features a Dermot Weld-trained runner.

6:45 Galway – Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap (Premier Handicap) (4yo+ 70-100) 2m1f

The eye is immediately drawn to the presence of Champion Hurdle runne-up Sharjah who is an adept performer in this sphere and shaped well despite not being seen to best effect last time out behind reopposing Dalton Highway, finishing fourth.

However it is another hurdler switching to this discipline who gets the vote with DE NAME ESCAPES ME taken to overturn recent form with the latter named rival having been beaten just over one length by Dermot Weld’s charge in the same Curragh race.

Noel Meade’s charge travelled well into that contest and showed a good attitude when strongly challenged by the eventual winner; he couldn’t quite match that one on the run to the line but will be sharper now with that under his belt.

He could prove a tougher rival this time with a pull at the weights which could see him come out on top and given he’s less exposed in this sphere he could have a bit more to come as a result.