Friday Galway Festival tips – Best bets through the card on day five at Ballybrit
Friday Galway Festival tips and best bets
Friday sees the fifth day of racing at Galway as their week-long summer spectacle continues with another fixture over the sticks. We’ve looked over the day’s action to pick out our Friday Galway Festival tips and best bets through the card.
The week-long Galway Festival continues into a fifth day on Friday with more competitive action over the sticks featuring the Guinness Handicap Hurdle as the main event on another eight-race card at Ballybrit.
As with previous days the fixture kicks off in the late afternoon and continues into the evening and we’ve looked over the Irish horse racing action to pick out our Friday Galway Festival tips and best bets through the card.
FRIDAY GALWAY FESTIVAL TIPS – BEST BETS THROUGH THE CARD ON DAY FIVE AT BALLYBRIT
4:00 Galway – James’s Gate Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f
GAMIN ORIGINAL won a bumper in France prior to joining Willie Mullins and the Robin Du Nord gelding was immediately thrust into a Grade Three contest over timber at Fairyhouse where he beat only one home, possibly amiss.
Subsequently absent for more than a year he made a return to action at Ballinrobe in May where he ran better than his fifth place finish might suggest and he was entitled in any case to have needed that run.
He ought to be sharper now with that outing under his belt and he’s been given plenty of time to get over those exertions so could be capable of better and it is interesting Paul Townend sides with him over the yard’s other runner and likely race-favourite.
4:30 Galway – Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f
MR MOONDANCE is capable of useful form as he showed when winning twice last term at Sligo and the Windsor Knot gelding resumed winning ways back from an absence when beating Blowing Dixie at Downpatrick in June.
Having tackled a better race at Bellestown in July he bounced back at Sligo earlier this month with a good third to Goulane Chosen and Mark Michael McNiff’s charge can make his presence felt again here with a repeat from the same mark.
5:00 Galway – Guinness Galway Tribes Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f
RUN FOR OSCAR was in good form last term over hurdles, finishing runner-up over this course and distance and winning at Fairyhouse in November prior to a seven months’ break.
Charles Byrne’s charge has run well on both starts this term, better for the run when sixth at Down Royal to cross the line in third at Bellewstown earlier this month where he was beaten five lengths by the useful Winner Takes It All where he was a bit unlucky having met with trouble in running.
He’s been pushed up 2lbs for that effort which likely remains workable and the lightly-raced sort could have more improvement to come for a yard in good form.
5:30 Galway – Guinness Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m7f
VISIONARIAN is lightly raced over hurdles and the Vision D’Etat gelding could take this competitive handicap contest.
A point-to-point winner for Colin Bowe he got off the mark at the first attempt over hurdles at Gowran Park last October prior to posting successive runner-up efforts and he bounced back from a lesser run when scoring at Down Royal latest, beating Fairyhill run.
There was only a nose in that victory but he might have won by farther had he not bungled the last, getting up late with the front two clear. The runner-up has won twice since to boost the form and he could have more improvement to come.
The longer trip here could unlock more progress and while he’s been given a 7lbs rise for that last win Peter Fahey’s could be up to the task of defying his new mark with a big run here.
6:05 Galway – Guinness Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m2f
GLOIRE D’ATHON was a winner on the flat in France and Henry De Bromhead’s charge has been steadily progressive over hurdles and had running better than his bare form figures might suggest before getting off the mark at Cork earlier this month.
The Doctor Dino gelding sported a first-time tongue-tie on that occasion and the headgear may have been a catalyst for the improved effort which saw him readily see off Rags Kitten and others by seven lengths.
He switches now to the larger obstacles and chase debutantes from the yard are invariably well-prepared so while this looks a tough assignment he might be worth chancing for top connections to make his mark at the first attempt over fences.
6:40 Galway – Arthur Guinness Chase (5yo+) 2m6½f
All but three of this field contested the Galway Plate on Wednesday but DARASSO is given another chance having finished fifth in that competitive contest and if this doesn’t come too soon Joseph O’Brien’s charge can regain the winning thread.
The Konig Turf gelding has won three of his seven starts over fences, the latest coming when readily seeing off Snow Falcon at Listowel prior to finding only the smart Sole Pretender too strong in a Grade Three hurdle contest.
He kept on well for fifth on Wednesday to be beaten around five lengths, finishing best of these who contested that race and he can confirm the form turned out quickly with a swift return to winning ways.
7:10 Galway – Guinness Galway Blazers Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m6½f
CUSP OF CARABELLI is capable of useful form over fences at his best as he displayed when winning at Thurles in February and the Elusive Pimpernel gelding could be worth chancing here to get back to winning ways.
David O’Brien’s charge ran to a good level last campaign, making the frame on a number of occasions in competitive handicaps and this term he returned from a break to finish runner-up over hurdles at Kilbeggan two weeks ago.
That run will have sharpened him up ahead of this return to chasing and he remains handily weighted off this mark so a big performance wouldn’t be a surprise especially if there’s some rain around.
7:45 Galway – Hop House 13 (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race (4-7yo) 2m½f
ASHROE DIAMOND effortlessly scored on her racecourse debut at Wexford in May and Willie Mullins’ charge could be an exciting prospect on the evidence of that first run where she ran out a wide margin winner.
The Walk In The Park filly sauntered home by 14 lengths having travelled strongly throughout and he wasn’t extended in posting what was a very easy success.
That experience will certainly have taught her plenty and with more to come she could prove a very tough nut to crack.