Galway Festival day one tips – Irish racing best bets on Monday

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.

Galway Festival day one tips on Monday

One of the biggest weeks of the Irish racing calendar kicks off on Monday and we’ve looked over an exciting first day of racing to pick out our Galway Festival day one tips through the card on Monday.

It is one of the biggest weeks of the Irish horse racing calendar with the Galway Festival getting underway on Monday with the first of seven classy days’ racing at Ballybrit.

A day one racecard sees seven races in all go to post on the flat with some competitive handicap action for punters to unravel and we’ve picked out our Galway Festival da one tips and best bets on Monday.


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

ANCHORAGE finished just behind the reopposing I Am Magic when the pair met at Leopardstown earlier in the month, but the latter had had the benefit of a previous run and Aidan O’Brien’s charge was making his debut where he ran green.

The Galileo colt finished off well having been outpaced and the experience will surely have taught him plenty so he could be capable of delivering a better effort this time around having only finished a head behind his reopposing rival.

With the potential for better and with that form looking decent with the winner going on to finish third in the recent Group Three Tyros Stakes the pair could come to the fore in this contest and sure to progress on the back of his debut the O’Brien runner takes a narrow vote to come out on top.

Galway Festival day one tips. Trainer Aidan O'Brien can get the Irish feature meeting off to a winning start.

Galway Festival day one tips. Trainer Aidan O’Brien can get the Irish feature meeting off to a winning start.

4:40 Galway – Handicap (3yo 50-80) 7f

The first big field of the week and it might be worth siding with DAGODA who has hit the crossbar the last twice when faced with less testing conditions and Sheila Lavery’s charge might be able to get off the mark here.

The Starspangledbanner filly has been beaten a head and one length in those two starts at Limerick and Killarney most recently behind Sassified where she was run down by the winner only in the last half-furlong.

She’s only been pushed up 1lb for that effort so could continue to give a good account here and the drop back to seven furlongs will be no issue. Some rain wouldn’t harm her chances so long as the ground doesn’t cut up too much and it’s not hard to see her running another solid race for all this is perhaps a shade tougher than her assignments to date.

5:15 Galway – & Handicap (4yo+ 50-80) 7f

A wide draw isn’t sure to suit OLA BONITA but Andrew Slattery’s charge might be worth an interest having shown improved form in first-time cheekpieces and first attempt at this longer trip when finishing just a half-length second to Affable at Roscommon last month.

The Zebedee filly was made plenty of use in front, making the running and clear at halfway before being overhauled by the eventual winner inside the last furlong; but she stuck on well to her task and only gave way late with the front two a couple of lengths clear of the rest.

That winner has gone in again since and a 5lbs rise for that better effort could prove workable with his rider’s 3lbs claim offsetting the bulk of the extra. It was certainly a step in the right direction and if she can improve for that better effort then she can make her presence felt here despite her wide draw not being entirely ideal.

5:45 Galway – Easyfix Handicap (4yo+ 50-80) 1m4½f

MR COLDSTONE showed some promise in this sphere for Johnny Murtagh during the 2018 campaign prior to joining Willie Mullins where the Tamayuz geldng proved useful over hurdles with a Tramore win prior to tackling a Grade One at Leopardstown in February.

Outclassed there he went the wrong way over timber with his latest run coming last month when finishing fifth to Visionarian at Down Royal; but he’s back on the flat here and he could well be thrown in on his handicap debut with a mark of just 65 to contend with.

His three runs on the flat were all over sprint trips so given his subsequent hurdling exploits he’s expected to improve vastly tackling a more suitable trip back on the level and there’d be no surprise in seeing him exploit this rating with a victory under Wayne Lordan.

Galway Festival day one tips. Trainer Willie Mullins can get amongst the winner on day one of Galway.

Galway Festival day one tips. Trainer Willie Mullins can get amongst the winner on day one of Galway.

6:15 Galway – Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap (4yo+ 70-100) 2m1f

COLTOR can bounce back from a lacklustre run at the Curragh when last seen in this sphere in May and Dermot Weld’s charge can prove a different proposition this time around.

The Free Eagle gelding is a past winner on the level, scoring at Killarney last October before going hurdling and he won in that sphere at Naas in January prior to finishing an excellent fifth behind Jeff Kidder in the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival.

He didn’t respond to cheekpieces last time out, eventually tailing off and possibly amiss given he’s had a break since. The cheekpieces are dispensed with here with a visor returning and he’s won in this headgear previously, while the application of a tongue-tie could also help.

Still lightly-raced on the flat there could be better to come from him assuming all is well and he might be worth chancing to do better this time.

6:45 Galway – Eventus Handicap (3yo 60-90) 1m4½f

EVER A DREAM found a big jolt of improvement to get off the mark in first-time cheekpieces at Fairyhouse earlier in the month and if the headgear has the same positive effect this time around Johnny Murtagh’s charge can follow up.

The Australia filly had shown glimpses of ability in previous runs without seriously threatening, but the headgear certainly helped when she ran out an easy eight lengths’ winner over Prince Of Verona last time out.

That form is perhaps only ordinary and the handicapper certainly hasn’t missed her with a big rise in the weights as a consequence; but there may be more to come from her on the evidence of that much-improved outing and while this is tougher she could be worth chancing to make her presence felt again for her in-form yard.

7:15 Galway – Monami Construction (Q.R.) Maiden (3yo+) 1m4½f

The finale to the first day of the Galway Festival can go to ANNER CASTLE who has shaped well in his three starts to date and Jessica Harrington’s charge can register a first success.

The Fastnet Rock colt had finished fourth on each of his first two outings before gaining a bronze medal at Killarney latest where he wasn’t suited by the steady pace although he didn’t aid his cause by being slow to leave the stalls.

Now tried in a tongue-tie for the first time the application of headgear could coincide with an improved effort and it is interesting that Jamie Codd has been booked for the ride so a big performance wouldn’t come as a surprise if there’s a decent pace on in this contest.

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