Saturday best bets for Galway and Kilbeggan – Irish racing tips 1 August

We look over the day’s Irish racing and give our Saturday best bets for Galway and Kilbeggan.

The Galway Festival continues on Saturday with an all-flat racing card after a few days over the sticks; but there is also jumps racing from Kilbeggan going to post.

14 races in all will unfold in Ireland and while there’ll be focus on Glorious Goodwood there’s plenty for punters to take in across both of the day’s Irish racing fixtures.

We look over both cards and give our best bets for Galway and Kilbeggan on Saturday.


3:10 Galway – Gloriously Simple With MansionBet Maiden (3yo+) 1m½f

CASTEL GANDOLFO perhaps found heavy ground at Roscommon too much for him when last seen, but Jessica Harrington’s charge is taken to bounce back on this less testing surface.

The Dark Angel colt possibly had his stamina stretched also over the longer trip, but he had shaped with some promise on his debut at Gowran Park last month and so could be worth chancing to do better.

He was beaten less than one length on that occasion and while he was only fourth last time out and beaten around 13 lengths he has seen that form boosted by the third winning since. This less searching test of stamina dropping in trip could well suit and if the conditions don’t again prove too testing then there’s every chance she can deliver a big run.

3:45 Galway – O’Leary Insurances Handicap (4yo+) 1m½f

YAFORDADOE was in good form when last seen on the flat, winning back to back races which include here over a shorter trip last October.

Gavin Cromwell’s charge subsequently failed to cut much ice over hurdles, but he returned from a five-month break to strike in that discipline at Cork last month, running out a four lengths’ winner over Glory.

Back on the level he has the scope to defy this mark if he can build on that recent success over timber and with this extra furlong no issue he’s expected to deliver another big run as he bids for a hat-trick of wins back on the flat and he should be competitive.

Gavin Cromwell’s Yafordadoe features amongst our Sturday best bets for Galway.

4:00 Kilbeggan – Athlone (C & G) Maiden Hurdle (4yo+)

SANTANA PLESSIS won a bumper here last July and the Saint Des Saints gelding has shaped well on all three of his hurdles starts to date, including finishing runner-up here last month behind Arturian Flame.

Gordon Elliott’s charge was beaten less than two lengths, perhaps just doing too much in front; he had finished fourth the time before over this trip at Roscommon on his return from a break and there could be more to come from her.

This doesn’t look the strongest of races and dropping back in distance might suit her and having run well here on both his starts he’s expected to give another good account and could take some beating if building on that latest run.

4:15 Galway – It’s Not Rocket Science With MansionBet Handicap (3yo 50-80) 1m½f

Joseph O’Brien has enjoyed a successful Galway Festival and might not be finished yet with ZOOM ZOOM BABE taken to continue the trainer’s good form.

The Footstepsinthesand filly struck in testing ground at Leopardstown last October, beating Total Eurphoria on her handicap debut and she hasn’t been disgraced in defeat in either of her two runs since returning from eight months off.

Fourth at Leopardstown she stepped up on that outing latest at Killarney to find only Star Of Cashel too strong by a half-length, only caught late. She’s only 3lbs higher here and with proven ability to handle soft ground she looks worth siding with to continue her improvement and she can get back on the scoresheet.

5:15 Galway – Galway Shopping Centre Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 1m4f

WAR DIARY should strip fitter for his recent return to action at Cork and the Declaration of War gelding can get back on the scoresheet.

A dual-winner last term for John Joseph Murphy he finished fourth in the Guinness Handicap at this meeting twelve months abo behind Mr Adjudicator, beaten around four lengths.

He’s since joined the Mick Halford team and there wasn’t a lot wrong with his runner-up effort behind Rayounpour on his reappearance where he was beaten two lengths into the silver medal berth.

That form is working out with the winner, third and fourth horses home all winning since and he’s only been raised 3lbs in the weights so he remains with scope to improve. Assuming the softer ground doesn’t prove an inconvenience then he could post a big run.