Galway Festival day four best bets – Thursday tips through the card

Galway Festival day four best bets and tips through the card.Galway Festival day four best bets and tips through the card.

Galway Festival day four best bets

The Galway Festival continues into Thursday and day four with another competitive fixture over the sticks and we’ve looked over the day’s action to pick out our Galway Festival day four best bets and tips through the card.

Another competitive racecard awaits punters on Thursday as the fourth day of racing heads to post at Galway as the 2021 Galway Festival continues and the action again focuses on the jumps with another eight race card spearheaded by the Galway Hurdle.

The action over the sticks in Ireland again takes place from late afternoon into the evening and we’ve picked out our Galway Festival day four best bets and tips through the card.

GALWAY FESTIVAL DAY FOUR BEST BETS – THURSDAY TIPS THROUGH THE CARD

4:35 Galway – Guinness Novice Hurdle (4yo) 2m RTV


CARRAREA won both starts in bumpers, scoring at Punchestown and Roscommon before switching to hurdling where the Notnowcato gelding made a good fist of things in finishing second behind Ilmig, beaten just a half length.

He showed inexperience that day but should be sharper and more streetwise now so an improved effort wouldn’t be a surprise and the third from that race has won since to give the form a boost.

Likely to improve for that effort he’s better off at the weights with reopposing Ilmig here and there’d be no surprise in seeing Emmet Mullins’ charge stepping up from that debut where he can go one better here.

Galway Festival day four best bets. Emmet Mullins can get Thursday's card off to a winning start.

Galway Festival day four best bets. Emmet Mullins can get Thursday’s card off to a winning start.

5:10 Galway – Guinness Open Gate Brewery Beginners Chase (5yo+) 2m6½f


LOW SUN was a decent dual-purpose sort for Willie Mullins, winning over hurdles at this meeting in 2018 and also landing that season’s Cesarewitch at Newmarket prior to a lengthy absence.

He didn’t show the same sparkle on his return and disappointed in a number of runs for that yard prior to a switch to Denis Hogan who moved the Champs Elysees gelding over fences and he’s had a resurgence with two placed efforts over the larger obstacles at Kilbeggan although his latest outing was on the flat here on Monday where he finished down the field.

He’s back over fences this time where is very much an unexposed sort and with the potential for improvement in this discipline he could get off the mark at the third attempt.

5:45 Galway – Rockshore Novice Chase (Grade 3) (4yo+) 2m2f


GIN ON LIME is going from strength to strength over fences, completing a three-timer with an impressive display at Limerick earlier in the month and Henry De Bromhead’s charge can continue his winning spree here.

The Doctor Dino mare has stepped up her form this term, twice beating the useful Star Max in those victories and she ran out a 12 lengths’ victor latest, making all the running and readily coming clear before being eased down close home and there could be even better to come from her given she’s still unexposed.

That runner-up ran well earlier in the week at this meeting and she could prove a tough nut to crack here if allowed to cut loose in front.

Galway Festival day four best bets. Henry De Bromhead can saddle a Galway winner on Thursday.

Galway Festival day four best bets. Henry De Bromhead can saddle a Galway winner on Thursday.

6:15 Galway – Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap (Grade A) (4yo+) 2m


CALL ME LYREEN doesn’t have many miles on the clock over timber, winning his first three starts last term for Gordon Elliott which included a Grade Two contest at Naas prior to tackling Grade One company on his final start for that yard and switch to Sneezy Foster.

The Court Cave gelding disappointed on his first run for that yard back in April but improved to go close at Punchestown when last seen later that month, denied by just a short-head behind Jazzaway.

That race has thrown up a couple of subsequent winners and a 5lbs rise in the weights looks tolerable for the lightly-raced sort who could have more to come assuming a three months’ absence hasn’t taken the edge off him fitness-wise.

6:45 Galway – Arthur Guinness Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m


PUNTERS POET arrives here in good form with two wins to his name this season and the Urban Poet can continue his success with another win here.

Matthew Smith’s charge has scored those wins at Clonmel and Roscommon when last seen in this sphere earlier in the month and he returns to hurdles having had a spin on the flat at Leopardstown two weeks ago.

His last hurdles start saw him run out a two lengths’ winner from Call The Fairies where he scored a shade readily. An 8lbs rise in the weights for that victory does demand a bit more from him but he likely has more to offer and Paul Townend is a good booking for the saddle so another big run wouldn’t come as a surprise.

7:15 Galway – Guinness Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4½f


Smart flat performer M C MULDOON has shown plenty over hurdles in his four starts in this sphere, winning at Fairyhouse back in February prior to chasing home Echoes In Rain in a Grade Two contest at the same venue in April.

Willie Mullins’ charge was a shade disappointing next time when finishing third to El Barra at Punchestown later that month, given too much to do; but he’s since run a blinder back on the flat in the Ascot Stakes and the Mastercraftsman gelding could prove a tough nut to crack here back over hurdles.

The form of his Grade Two runner-up effort looks very strong with the winner going on to win a Grade One, while the third finished runner-up in the same race and the fourth won here on Wednesday and could receive a further boost earlier in the card and that effort sets the standard in this contest where he can go close with a repeat.

7:45 Galway – Guinness 0.0% Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 3m


HEWICK won twice last term over hurdles, scoring at Kilbeggan and Navan and following a pleasing return over the larger obstacles Shark Hanlon’s charge has shaped really well over fences in both his starts, winning at Clonmel and chasing home one at Killarney latest where he was only beaten a length.

The Virtual gelding has seen his winning form boosted by both the runner-up and third horses home who have each registered subsequent wins and he was perhaps just given too much to do latest behind Cavalry Master, finishing strongly from off the pace to take the silver medal.

He’s back over hurdles here where he’s 5lbs higher than when denied by Lignou on his reappearance, but he should continue to remain competitive and he remains with scope given his higher chase rating so another big run wouldn’t come as a surprise.

Galway Festival day four best bets. John 'Shark' Hanlon can saddle a Galway winner on Thursday.

Galway Festival day four best bets. John ‘Shark’ Hanlon can saddle a Galway winner on Thursday.

8:15 Galway – Guinness Time INH Flat Race (5-7yo) 2m2½f


ULTIMA THULE has run well on all three starts in bumpers, looking a potentially smart sort when placing behind both Easywork and Stattler in his first two starts prior to a lengthy absence and the Lord Shanakill gelding showed his time off hadn’t robbed him of any ability when making a very pleasing return to action at Killarney earlier this month, finishing runner-up to Moulane West.

That run was surely needed given it came on the back of 548 days off and he finished off the race well so ought to be sharper now with that under his belt.

The booking of Jamie Codd for the ride is a big statement of intent and if building on that pleasing reappearance effort then he could get off the mark here and he ought to make his presence felt.