Day two Galway Festival tips – Best bets through the Tuesday racecard at Ballybrit

Tuesday tips for Galway. Today's Irish racing best bets on the flat at Ballybrit.Tuesday tips for Galway. Today's Irish racing best bets on the flat at Ballybrit.

Day two Galway Festival tips

After a cracking first day of racing at Ballybrit as the Galway Festival got underway we turn our attentions to Tuesday’s fixture where we’ve picked out our day two Galway Festival tips through the card.

The week-long Galway Festival continues into a second day on Tuesday with another eight races going to post on the flat which includes Listed action as well as the BMW Mile, a Premier Handicap contest and the feature race of the day at Ballybrit.

We struck with a 14/1 winner on the first day of racing and we’ve looked over Tuesday’s racecard to pick out our day two Galway Festival tips and best bets through the card.


4:35 Galway – Caulfield Industrial Irish EBF Maiden (3yo+) 7f

EMILIE GRAY has already shown enough in her four starts to date to suggest it shouldn’t be long before she’s in the winners’ enclosure and this could be her day to get off the mark.

Dermot Weld has already had a winner at the Festival and the Dubawi filly ought to appreciate the drop back to seven furlongs having possibly just been stretched by one mile on very soft ground at Listowel last month behind Martinique.

She had got to within a half-length of Eaglefield the time before at Leopardstown, running on well late and that form has largely held up; she’s entitled to improve further and with the yard in form she looks to hold very solid claims of landing a first win.

5:10 Galway – COLM QUINN BMW Irish EBF Fillies Maiden (IRE Incentive Race) (2yo) 7f

TWINKLE ran better than the bare result on her debut at Leopardstown earlier in the month, held back by inexperience early but consenting to run on well late once the penny dropped and with that outing under her belt Aidan O’Brien’s charge can improve.

The Galileo filly was outpaced mid-race and turning into the straight before running on strongly and she ultimately wasn’t beaten too far all things considered, crossing the line around six lengths’ adrift of the winner in fifth.

That form has been boosted with the runner-up going on to lift a Group Three next time out, while the horse which finished immediately behind has run well since in a valuable maiden contest behind the useful Corviglia.

Open to plenty of progress as many from the yard are following a first run she could prove a different proposition now and she can get off the mark at the second attempt with improvement expected.

Day two Galway Festival tips. Joseph O'Brien can get amongst the winners on Tuesday at Ballybrit.

Day two Galway Festival tips. Joseph O’Brien can get amongst the winners on Tuesday at Ballybrit.

5:45 Galway – COLM QUINN BMW Irish EBF Corrib Fillies & Mares Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo+) 7f

NEPTUNE ROCK is still fairly unexposed and Joseph O’Brien’s charge may be worth chancing to find some improvement to be a factor at this level.

The Muhaarar filly was a winner over this trip at Leopardstown in June and she has since run well in defeat in both her subsequent starts at one mile, most recently being beaten just over two lengths by Mehnah at Kilbeggan in a Listed contest.

That was a good effort in defeat where she kept on at one pace, but the drop back to seven furlongs here could prove a good move and if running to a similar level she ought to make her presence felt with the potential for better still to come.

6:15 Galway – COLM QUINN BMW Mile Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 1m½f

TAURAN SHAMAN has been in good heart in recent outings, winning at Leopardstown in May and backing up that success with a pair of placed efforts at the same venue.

Jessica Harrington’s charge finished fourth in this contest twelve months ago off just 4lbs lower and in the wake of his latest success he has finished third and runner-up latest behind Mosala where he was beaten less than one length.

He’s been slowly away the last couple of times which might not have helped, but he’s surely capable of making a bold bid in this competitive handicap if getting a better start and there’d be no surprise to see him competitive again at a track where he’s won in the past.

6:45 Galway – Handicap (3yo) 1m½f

DRACONID may have been stretched by ten furlongs on very soft ground at the Curragh last time and Joseph O’Brien’s charge is perhaps better judged on a very promising runner-up effort the time before behind Probe at Killarney.

He’s been gelded since that latest run behind Wild Dollar where he finished fifth and beaten around six lengths and the Fastnet Rock gelding switches now to a handicap which might show him in a better light back in trip and facing better ground for the first time.

His three runs to date haven’t been devoid of promise, but we could see more of him now in the handicap ranks and he rates a big player with the potential for significant improvement now tackling this sphere.

Day two Galway Festival tips. Jessica Harrington can get amongst the winners on Tuesday at Ballybrit.

Day two Galway Festival tips. Jessica Harrington can get amongst the winners on Tuesday at Ballybrit.

7:15 Galway – Caulfield Industrial Handicap (Div I) (4yo+ 50-70) 1m½f

At a big price it could be worth chancing EMPHATIC to bounce back to form and the Epaulette gelding could go well if recapturing his best.

He has run well here in the past, twice making the frame in starts at the 2019 meeting and he showed he’s capable of winning with a trio of all-weather wins at Dundalk over the winter, most recently beating Neyland by a neck.

Having probably needed his first run of the season at Leopardstown earlier this month he showed the benefit of that to run better than the bare result back there the following week in finishing midfield and the return to one mile will suit so he could do better yet here having been eased in the weights back to his last winning all-weather mark.

7:45 Galway – Caulfield Industrial Handicap (Div II) (4yo+ 50-70) 1m½f

DANCE EMPEROR arrives here at the top of his game and the Holy Roman Emperor gelding can continue his good spell to land a third successive victory.

Peter Fahey’s charge bounced back from a number of lesser runs to strike a return to winning ways at Navan earlier in the month and he backed up that success when scoring a shade cosily at Gowran Park three days ago from Mokhles.

Sam Ewing has been in the saddle for both those victories and takes the ride again here; assuming that a three-day turnaround hasn’t taken the edge off the six-year old then he could post another big run here and no surprise if he were to collect his hat-trick.

8:15 Galway – Latin Quarter Handicap (3yo+ 50-80) 2m½f

MAZE RUNNER looks worth siding with in the finale for Willie Mullins and the Authorized gelding can go well here back from a break.

A winner on the flat at this venue back in October 2018 he’s been mostly hurdling since, winning at Cork before tackling some hot assignments behind the likes of Band Of Outlaws, Star Max and Flooring Porter before winning at Leopardstown over timber in February.

His last run on the flat came at Naas last November where he finished fifth to Son Of Hypnos and back in this sphere upped in trip there could still be more to come from him where he contests from the same mark as when last successful over this course in October 2018.

Given his hurdles rating he ought to be very capable of defying this rating back on the flat and there’d be no shock in seeing him turn in a big run.