Wednesday Galway Festival tips – Best bets on day three of the Irish racing highlight
It is the turn of the jumps to take centre stage on Wednesday’s day three Galway Festival racecard and we give our best bets of the day and tips for Galway including the famous Galway Plate.
Wednesday at the Galway Festival sees our first visit to the jumps where an eight-race card awaits punters, headed by the competitive Galway Plate which goes to post at 6.45pm as the fifth race of the afternoon at Ballybrit.
There’s already been some top action taking place over the preceding two days of the premier Irish racing festival which offers solid support to the Glorious Goodwood Festival, and Wednesday’s jumps fixture is sure to provide plenty more exciting racing fare for punters to enjoy.
We’ve looked over the card and give our Wednesday Galway Festival tips for the best of the action including the feature race of the day.
WEDNESDAY GALWAY FESTIVAL TIPS – BEST BETS ON DAY THREE
5:15 Galway – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f
A competitive contest could go the way of bottom-weight MILLYINTHEMIDDLE who races from 4lbs out of the weights, but Emmet Mullins’ charge can make her presence felt and the Oscar mare can run a big race.
Third in a point-to-point prior to joining this yard, she failed to pull up any trees in a trio of runs in maiden hurdles prior to the lockdown; but she fared better back from the enforced break and switched to handicapping, finishing around eleven lengths’ fifth behind Dawson’s Cottage at Kilbeggan last month.
She wasn’t seen to best effect there, held up off the pace and hampered before running on too late; but the run hinted that there could be more to come from her and she could take advantage of her basement mark.
She was only three lengths adrift of a subsequent winner and likely to be sharper with the outing under her belt then she can do better.
5:45 Galway – Bet With Tote On The Galway Races Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m5f
KAATSKILL NAP was a useful sort on the flat, winning at Yarmouth when under the care of David Menuisier prior to a short switch to Venetia Williams. The Rip Van Winkle gelding then joined Willie Mullins and he showed ability in a trio of hurdles starts during the 2018/19 season, making the frame on all three starts which includes finishing third at this venue.
After a lengthy absence he made a solid reappearance back on the flat at the Curragh, finishing in midfield behind Mutadaffeq but shaping as if he’d come on for the run and the outing will have put him spot on for this return to obstacles.
Given his earlier performances over timber he should be capable of mounting a bold bid for the Mullins/Townend combination which took this prize twelve months ago and if building on that recent spin on the level then he ought to go close.
6:45 Galway – Tote Galway Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade A) (4yo+) 2m6½f
Royal Rendezvous looks the pick of the Willie Mullins contingent on jockey bookings with Paul Townend partnering the King’s Theatre gelding; but it could be worth chancing another of Mullins’ runners in EASY GAME who makes his handicap debut and the Barastraight gelding could be feasibly treated off this mark based on last season’s exploits.
A multiple winner over hurdles, he looked progressive as a chaser last term, posting a ten lengths’ defeat of Allaho at Leopardstown prior to being beaten only a half-length by Faugheen in the Flogas Novices’ Chase on his next start.
A subsequent faller in the RSA Chase when beaten, he could have more to offer still over fences and the drop back in trip could suit having possibly just finding the trip at Cheltenham stretching him.
Open to improvement he might be inexperienced as a chaser compared to most of his rivals, but he could prove better this term and he can post a bold showing.
7:15 Galway – Tote Proud Sponsor Of The Galway Races Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m2f
JAN MAAT showed some progressive form last term, winning twice and running well here twelve months ago behind Wicklow Brave to finish runner-up in a Grade Three contest.
The Electric Beat gelding took last season’s Buck House Novice Chase, beating Cool Colonnade and he was still in with every chance in the Grand Annual when stumbling two out and he never recovered from that mishap.
He perhaps just needed his latest reappearance at Killarney, but Henry de Bromhead’s charge should strip fitter now and he could be worth chancing to bounce back returned to this venue where he ran well last term.
Racing off the same mark he can resume earlier progress and he should make his presence felt in this competitive contest.