Friday Galway Festival tips – Best Irish racing bets on day five
The Galway Festival continues on Friday with a fifth day of racing action over the sticks featuring the Guinness Handicap Hurdle and Arthur Guinness Chase. We look over the eight-race card and give our Friday Galway Festival tips.
There’s no let up on Friday with more Irish racing heading to post at Leopardstown and Galway where the fifth day of the Galway Festival unfolds over the sticks to support the day’s action at Glorious Goodwood.
We’re concentrating on Galway with our Friday best Irish racing tips and the feature race of the day sees the Guinness Handicap Hurdle taking place at 6.15pm as the fourth race of the evening.
Having looked over the racecard we give our Friday Galway Festival tips and best bets for the day.
FRIDAY GALWAY FESTIVAL TIPS – BEST BETS ON DAY FIVE
5:15 Galway – Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f
The application of a tongue-tie and better appeared to deliver a jolt of improvement in the fortunes of EAGLE MOON with Henry de Bromhead’s charge getting off the mark with a ready success over Haggard Lad at Bellewstown earlier in the month.
He was making his return from more than six months off the track on that occasion and the Spanish Moon gelding won a shade cosily by almost four lengths with the remainder strung out further back. That form hasn’t worked out particularly well but there could me more to come from him now tackling a handicap where a mark of 111 could prove workable.
Softer ground might not be ideal given he was well beaten in maiden company last term in muddy conditions and his win came on better ground; but he can remain competitive if the conditions don’t prove too much of an inconvenience and she can make her presence felt.
5:45 Galway – Guinness Galway Tribes Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f
FILON D’OUDAIRIES had been set some tough asks in earlier outings, but the Della Francesca gelding took a forward step when getting off the mark at Limerick last month.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge was returning from almost four months off the track when running out a two lengths’ victor over Bentham, making all and winning with something up his sleeve. That runner-up has won since to give the form a boost and Gavin Cromwell’s charge reopposes.
However back in a handicap for this rematch the selection can confirm the form despite being worse off at the weights with that rival and still with the potential to improve again he looks worth siding with again to follow up that breakthrough win.
6:15 Galway – Guinness Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m7f
Course form can count for plenty here and SWEET HOME CHICAGO has a win and two places to his name at this venue; Colin Bowe’s charge is taken to follow up his recent success at Roscommon.
The Shantou gelding has kept some decent company in his career and he finished runner-up here twelve months ago at this meeting behind Ilikedwayurthinkin. His latest win came on the back of more than nine months off, beating Kilkishen by seven lengths comfortably.
That form looks fair but the handicapper has reacted perhaps a shade harshly with a 10lbs rise in the weights. Nevertheless he could build on that success and he’ll be sharper for that run so it would come as no surprise if the veteran were to get involved in this competitive contest.
7:15 Galway – Arthur Guinness Chase (5yo+) 2m6½f
THE STORYTELLER is given another chance having pulled up early in the Galway Plate on Wednesday.
Gordon Elliott’s charge is a classy sort at his best and a former Grade One winner over fences; he also won back over hurdles last campaign and found only one too good in the Pertemps Network Final at the Cheltenham Festival.
His Galway Plate run came on the back of almost five months off the track but he only made it over four fences before being pulled up. Whatever might have irked him clearly hasn’t had any lasting effect to be turned out two days later and he can bounce back here.
On these terms he’s a clear pick with his form arguably a class apart from this field and he has 8lbs and more in hand on official ratings. Despite his higher rating he can compete here from level weights and all being well with him following his Wednesday flop then he should take plenty of beating.