Saturday Galway Festival tips – Day six best bets through the card

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Saturday Galway Festival tips and best bets

We enter the penultimate day of racing at the Galway Festival on Saturday and an eight-race flat racing card awaits punters; we’ve picked out our Saturday Galway Festival tips through the card.

Saturday’s Irish racing comes once again from Galway as we enter the sixth day of racing at the Galway Festival and after three days’ racing over the sticks we revert back onto the flat for the last two days and Saturday’s meeting plays host to eight races.

Unlike the weekday racecards which all took place in the evening Saturday’s fixture list is an afternoon card which gets underway at 12.50pm and we’ve looked over the day’s meeting to pick out our Saturday Galway Festival tips through the card.

SATURDAY GALWAY FESTIVAL TIPS – DAY SIX BEST BETS THROUGH THE CARD

12:50 Galway – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (2yo) 1m½f


Favourite backers can get off to a winning start with Aidan O’Brien’s STONE AGE who shaped with plenty of promise on debut nine days ago, finishing third at Leopardstown and the Galileo colt can improve for the outing to open his account at the second attempt.

He showed some signs of inexperience in that first run, jumping the path and running green under pressure; but he kept on well in the late stages to rally into third and he was beaten just over one length at the line.

Sure to improve with that experience under his belt he ought to prove a tough nut to crack here and he can get off the mark now.

Saturday Galway Festival tips.  Aidan O'Brien can saddle a winner on the card.

Saturday Galway Festival tips. Aidan O’Brien can saddle a winner on the card.

 

1:25 Galway – Irish Independent On Saturday Maiden (3yo+) 1m½f


SHERKIN ISLAND made a really good first impression when finishing a close third at the Curragh on her debut in May and Dermot Weld’s charge can build on that performance and experience to open her account at the second attempt.

The Fastnet Rock filly was beaten just over one length behind Wild Dollar, only giving way in the last half furlong and dropping to third.

She has less testing ground to contend with here and she drops to one mile for this second outhing where she can make her presence felt with progress likely.

2:00 Galway – O’Leary Insurances Handicap (4yo+) 1m½f


HIGH ALTITUDE ran his best race for some time when finishing a close third over seven furlongs at this course on Monday and John Joseph Murphy’s charge can improve on that effort if this doesn’t come too soon.

The Papal Bull gelding struck his last success at Killarney last August but his form since has been patchy and he hasn’t troubled the judge in a number of outings.

However he took a step back in the right direction latest when beaten less than one length behind Maud Gonne Spirit and a repeat of that effort back over this longer trip could suffice to see him get back on the scoresheet.

He’s 3lbs higher in the weights here but he remains well treated on his old form and if turning out in similar mood to that of Monday past then he could go close here.

2:35 Galway – Galway Shopping Centre Handicap (3yo 50-80) 1m½f


One disappointing effort aside SASSIFIED has been in good form this term, making the frame four times which includes a last-time success at Killarney to get off the mark and Johnny Murtagh’s charge can improve again to get off the mark.

First-time cheekpieces were applied for that outing over one mile where the Excelebration gelding struck by just over one length from Dagoda, keeping on well and there might be more to come from him now she’s up and running.

The headgear seemed to have a positive effect in that latest run and should they work again there’s no reason why he ought not to be in the mix again despite a 6lbs rise in the weights.

Saturday Galway Festival tips.  Jessica Harrington can saddle a winner on the card.

Saturday Galway Festival tips. Jessica Harrington can saddle a winner on the card.

3:13 Galway – Irish EBF Auction Series Maiden (IRE Incentive Race) (2yo) 7f


NECTARIS has run well on both her starts to date, making the frame each time and the Sea The Moon filly can open her account at the third attempt.

Jessica Harrington’s charge finished runner-up on debut at Gowran Park behind Seisai who has since placed in a Group Three and she was noticeably raw on that first occasion. She was a shade disappointing at Tipperary, fading into third having been no match for the winner who looked useful although the way the race developed perhaps didn’t play to her strengths.

She is likely better than she was able to show on that occasion and this is arguably an easier race so she could get back on track with Shane Foley taking the reins in preference to the yard’s other runner.

3:48 Galway – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nursery Handicap (2yo) 7f


COOL AND CLEVER can follow up his last time success here and Jim Bolger’s charge ought to make a bold bid for success here.

The Vocalised colt had shaped with some promise on his debut at Cork in April, finishing fourth but he stepped up on that latest to win at Roscommon over an extended seven furlongs and there may be more to come from him with that victory now under his belt.

He is switched to handicaps for this latest outing and features on what could be a fair mark so every chance he can find some improvement to go in again.

4:20 Galway – Galway Shopping Centre Handicap (3yo+) 1m4f


The consistent CAMORRA could get back to winning ways here and Ger Lyons’ charge might be worth chancing at double-figure odds to land this prize.

A Leopardstown winner last term over this trip he had also made the frame three times in defeat and produced largely consistent performances including when beaten just a neck by De Name Escapes Me at Naas over a longer trip last November.

The Zoffany gelding was subsequently absent for five months before returning to action with a solid third to Stratum at Gowran Park which looks good form now and back from another break he could go well.

First-time blinkers are applied now by his in-form yard and he can make his presence felt here with another big run expected.

Saturday Galway Festival tips.  Ger Lyons can land the Saturday feature at the Galway Festival with Camorra.

Saturday Galway Festival tips. Ger Lyons can land the Saturday feature at the Galway Festival with Camorra.

4:50 Galway – McDonogh Capital Investments Handicap (3yo+ 50-70) 1m4f


ALVARO was an all-weather winner for previous handler Michael Wigham prior to switching to Emmet Mullins and the Archipenko gelding might be worth chancing here to get off the mark for his new yard at the third attempt.

He may have needed his first run at Roscommon in May following nine months off and he stepped up on that effort to finish fourth in a Tipperary handicap next time.

He’s been eased another 1lb in the weights and his shrewd yard could yet draw some improvement out of him so there’d be no surprise to see him in the mix here.