Galway Festival tips on day three – Irish racing best bets through the card on Wednesday
Galway Festival tips on day three of Ballybrit
We enter a third day of horse racing at Ballybrit as the Galway Festival continues and the focus switches to jumps for day three. We’ve picked out our Galway Festival tips on day three through the card.
The Galway Festival continues into day three of seven at Ballybrit and another competitive racecard awaits punters, this time over the sticks as the focus switches to the jumps game after a couple of days on the flat.
Another eight race card unfolds from late afternoon into the evening with the feature race of the day coming in the shape of the Galway Plate and the ultra-competitive handicap chase goes to post at 6.15pm.
We’ve looked over the third day racecard to pick out our Galway Festival tips on day three of Ballybrit through the card.
GALWAY FESTIVAL TIPS ON DAY THREE – THROUGH THE CARD PICKS ON WEDNESDAY
4:35 Galway – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f
CALL ME DOLLY arrives here chasing a hat-trick and the progressive Gale Force Ten mare can oblige punters in the opener.
Gavin Cromwell’s charge was a winner on the flat for the yard last term and she’s improved with each run over timber. Switched to handicaps at Punchestown in May she gained a breakthrough success over hurdles with a defeat of Good World by a short-head and she’s since followed up at Sligo beating Getaway Queen.
She’s been pushed up another 6lb in the weights which applies a little more pressure, but she’s lightly raced and likely to have further improvement to come so every chance she can continue to make her presence felt here where she can land the three-timer.
5:10 Galway – Tote+ Placepot Pays More Novice Hurdle (Listed Race) (4yo+) 2m½f
This looks a really good contest on paper and ANNIE G gets the vote to strike having looked one to keep on the right side of when going in at Listowel last month and the Getaway mare can follow up here.
Henry De Bromhead’s charge has improved tackling hurdling, twice finishing in the frame at Ballinrobe and Tipperary prior to beating What Wonders Weave by a big margin at Listowel latest.
Always travelling well in that contest she was given the office two out quickly put the race to bed in the manner of a potentially smart sort so there’d be no surprise in seeing her step up again on the back of that performance which hinted at even better to come.
This is tougher but she’s certainly one who is going the right way and she can’t be ruled out with further progress anticipated.
5:45 Galway – Tote+ At tote.ie Galway Races Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m5f
DESIR DU LARGE has shown enough in a trip of hurdles starts for Joseph O’Brien that he’s well up to winning races and the Zambezi Sun gelding can get off the mark here.
A bumper winner at Fairyhouse following his move to this yard from Mouse Morris he was absent for more than two years following that success until returning to action at Naas in February where he was thrown in at the deep end to contest successive Grade Two novices’ events and he acquitted himself well in finishing third and fourth respectively.
His fourth-place finish at Fairyhouse in April looks very strong form and he ran another solid race to finish runner-up latest behind Off Your Rocco; there could be more to come now stepping up markedly in trip having looked as if he’d benefit from further and with a good 7lbs claimer up he looks to hold solid claims of a first hurdles success here.
6:15 Galway – Tote Galway Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade A) (4yo+) 2m6½f
Typically competitive renewal of this contest where DARASSO can continue his upward curve over fences and the Konig Turf gelding can make his presence felt.
A smart hurdler who has contested at Graded level he has shown a real aptitude for chasing, winning four of his six starts over the larger obstacles which includes readily seeing off Snow Falcon at Listowel two starts ago in a race that also included Samcro.
Both those rivals reoppose here but Joseph O’Brien’s charge can confirm the form with both with a big effort here and he arrives in good form having found only one too good back over hurdles last time.
He’s proven himself to be a smart and consistent operator who is only 2lbs higher back in a handicap over fences and he could find himself well-treated given he’s open to further improvement as a chaser.
6:45 Galway – Tote+ Biggest Dividends At tote.ie Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m5f
DALTON HIGHWAY has some useful form to his name already in the book and back in this sphere following a few runs on the flat Dermot Weld’s charge can resume winning ways.
The Zoffany gelding has had only seven starts over timber but he was a winner at Leopardstown during the 2019 Christmas Festival and his latest run over obstacles saw him finish a creditable fourth to Atlantic Shore at Punchestown over three miles back in March this year.
He’s since had three starts on the flat, winning his latest outing at the Curragh having fared better than the bare result at Royal Ascot in the Ascot Stakes and back over hurdles here he could still have more to offer having been pushed up just 1lb for his last run in this discipline.
With course experience to call upon having run well on the flat here previously he’s much less exposed as a hurdler than most of these and if he can translate the good form he showed on the flat last time back over timber then there’d be no surprise in seeing him going close.
7:15 Galway – Tote+ Proud Sponsor of The Galway Races Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m2f
Henry de Bromhead is mob-handed in this race and it might be worth chancing JAN MAAT to get his head back in front having run better than the bare result when fourth last time out at Kilbeggan.
The Electric Beat gelding hasn’t won for a while, his last success coming in a Grade Three contest at Punchestown in October 2019 as a novice; his form since though has been uninspiring although he did turn in a better effort latest following a break and equipped with a tongue-tie where he finished fourth behind The West’s Awake.
He had travelled well in front in that race before his momentum was halted by a mistake two out and he never recovered from that error; but it was a step back in the right direction and he could build on the better effort now with blinkers replacing the usual cheek-pieces.
The change of headgear could spark him back into form and he’s been eased a further 2lbs in the weights so he could be dangerous off this mark allied with Hugh Morgan’s 5lbs claim.
7:45 Galway – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares INH Flat Race (4-7yo) 2m½f
A winner between the flags COPPER NATION shaped with some promise on her National Hunt debut at Tramore last month and with that experience under her belt the Westerner filly can build on the effort to get off the mark under Rules.
Donal Coffey’s charge raced keenly in that contest and went into a clear lead; but she kept battling once headed and might have finished closer had she not suffered some interference late on which cost her a couple of places although she ran on again close home.
That experience won’t have been lost on her and in a race that doesn’t look particularly strong on paper she should make her presence felt again.
8:15 Galway – Tote+ Pays You More at tote.ie INH Flat Race (4yo) 2m½f
It is interesting that Patrick Mullins doesn’t partner any of the Willie Mullins-trained runners in this race and instead sides with Emmet Mullins’ MERLIN GIANT who shaped well in a Punchestown bumper in April and with that experience under his belt the Camelot gelding can do better here.
He finished fourth in that first start behind Adamantly Chosen, leading four furlongs out and keeping on well but proving no match for the front pair and eventually beaten around ten lengths although he was clear of the rest.
That race has thrown up a subsequent winner and he’s likely to improve for the experience gained in that debut so may prove a different proposition now and every chance he can go close under his significant jockey booking.