Sunday tips for Galway – Final day best bets through the card

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.

Sunday tips for Galway and the final day of the Festival

We’re at the end of the road for the 2021 Galway Festival and another week-long horse racing feast in Ireland ends as it began on the flat. We’ve looked over the last day of racing at Ballybrit for the Festival and have picked out our Sunday tips for Galway.

The week-long Galway Festival draws to a close on Sunday as it began with a fixture on the level where eight races will head to post throughout the day with the feature race being the Anonoora Handicap at 3.15pm.

On a cracking final day we’ve looked over the racecard to pick out our Sunday tips for Galway through the card at Ballybrit as the curtain descends on another fantastic week.


1:40 Galway – Kenny Galway Volvo Handicap (3yo 50-70) 1m½f

KARLSBERG took a step forward on his handicap debut at the Curragh in June, finishing a good third to No More Porter despite being out of the weights and Andrew Slattery’s charge can get off the mark now with a repeat of that effort.

The Coulsty filly ran on well late having been outpaced and she was only beaten around three lengths at the line. That form looks solid with the runner-up winning since and also a few subsequent winners coming from those who finished behind.

Only 3lbs higher here the longer trip could help unlock some improvement and she can go well here in pursuit if a first win.

2:15 Galway – Lord Hemphill Memorial Irish EBF Median Auction Maiden (IRE Incentive Race) (2yo) 7f

KARAKOUL stepped up on a fair debut to find only one too good at Killarney latest and the Fast Company colt can improve again to get off the mark here.

Johnny Murtagh’s charge was stepping up to one mile on that occasion where he was only beaten a neck, giving way late on having taken up the lead two out with the front two pulling clear.

The third in that race won here on Saturday and a similar effort over this furlong less trip could see him get off the mark for his in-form yard.

Sunday tips for Galway. Johnny Murtagh can saddle a winner on the final day of the Galway Festival.

Sunday tips for Galway. Johnny Murtagh can saddle a winner on the final day of the Galway Festival.

2:45 Galway – Ardilaun Hotel Handicap (3yo+ 50-75) 7f

HIGH ALTITUDE hasn’t won in eleven starts since his last success at Killarney last year; however the Papal Bull gelding has gone close the last twice at this venue in his two runs already at this venue including yesterday when beaten one length by Dedillon.

John Joseph Murphy’s charge couldn’t quite go through with his effort on that last occasion, but it was a good run and a repeat of that effort back at seven furlongs might be enough to see him end his losing run assuming the quick turnout doesn’t take the edge off him.

3:15 Galway – Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Ahonoora” Handicap (3yo+) 7f

SOARING MONARCH is relatively lightly raced and arrives here on the back of a win at Roscommon in May where the Free Eagle gelding ran out a three lengths’ winner over Mk Drama and Peter Fahey’s charge can go well in his bid to follow up.

Also a Limerick winner last June he twice finished runner-up at this meeting last season and his latest win came on the back of more than six months off. He’s had a further break since but there could be more to come from him and he won a shade readily latest having overcame a slow start.

The third from that race has won three times since including a Listed contest here on Tuesday and it would be no surprise if he were to post a big effort here.

3:50 Galway – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden (3yo+) 1m4f

PAPPINA took a backwards step following a very promising debut at Gowran Park where she finished runner-up to Tejano, stepping up to this distance at Tipperary in June to finish fourth behind Tashi; however it might be worth giving the Sea The Stars filly another chance.

The way the race developed on that last occasion might not have suited and she was unable to find a change of gear late on and she was beaten around seven lengths at the line.

Despite that defeat she remains capable of better still and there is every chance she can shrug off that disappointing effort last time with further improvement a possibility in a race which might be ran more to suit.

Sunday tips for Galway. Jessica Harrington can saddle a winner on the final day of the Galway Festival.

Sunday tips for Galway. Jessica Harrington can saddle a winner on the final day of the Galway Festival.

4:20 Galway – JPK Fencing Systems Race (4yo+) 1m6f

MYTHICAL has just one win to his name which came at Gowran Park last term and the Camelot gelding is taken to get back to winning ways with his sights lowered here as he steps out for the first time for a new stable.

He contested exclusively in Group company last campaign where his best effort came in finishing third to Nickajack Cave at Leopardstown last August in the Group Three Ballyroan Stakes and he hasn’t been seen since finishing last of six to Vallia in the Prix Chaudenay during Arc Weekend.

Now with Joseph O’Brien having left Aidan O’Brien he can do better eased in grade for his return and he could get back on the scoresheet if showing his best form.

4:50 Galway – Fr. Breen Memorial Handicap (Div I) (3yo+ 50-75) 1m6f

BRIDGE NATIVE has yet to win on the flat but she’s lightly raced in this sphere and could put on a bold show for Ciaran Murphy who turns the Stowaway mare out quickly having failed to fire over hurdles here earlier in the week.

Twice placed from just four starts on the flat her last run in this sphere came on her penultimate outing where she finished third at Ballinrobe behind St Clerans, beaten two lengths in a maiden contest.

She now goes handicapping from what could prove a lenient mark and with a 7lbs claimer up to further ease her weight burden she could go close upped in trip.

5:20 Galway – Fr. Breen Memorial Handicap (Div II) (3yo+ 50-75) 1m6f

The consistent NO THANKS has been in good form since switching back to the flat, gaining some just reward for a number of efforts in the frame when scoring here on Tuesday, beating Crowns Major by a half-length and Matthew Smith’s charge can repeat the dose here.

The Pour Moi gelding ran out a half-length winner that day, holding on well for the win having kicked clear turning in and he can defy a 6lbs penalty for that success turned out quickly.

He drops back in trip here but a similar performance ought to see him going close again and he can make his presence felt.