2019 Galway Festival day six tips – Race-by-race selections for the sixth day of the Ballybrit summer festival

Galway host day six of their summer festival on Saturday.

Galway host day six of their summer festival on Saturday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for day six of the feature summer festival at Ballybrit.

The penultimate day of the 2019 Galway Festival goes to post on Saturday, and an eight-race card at Ballybrit gets underway from 2.00pm where the Galway Shopping Centre Handicap Hurdle – a Grade B contest – takes centre stage of the day on another mixed flat and jumps racing card.

2:00 – O’Leary Insurances Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f
2:30 – Galway Shopping Centre Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m7f
3:05 – Shearwater Hotel & Spa Irish EBF Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 1m½f
3:35 – Galway Shopping Centre Maiden (3yo+) 1m½f
4:10 – Galway Shopping Centre Irish EBF Nursery Handicap (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 7f
4:45 – Ardilaun Hotel Handicap (3yo+ 55-75) 7f
5:20 – McDonogh Capital Investments Handicap (3yo+ 50-80) 1m4f
5:55 – Galway Shopping Centre Irish EBF INH Mares Flat Race (4-7yo) 2m

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Saturday’s racecard at Ballybrit as he takes a look ahead to the second-last day of the Irish summer feature festival.

2:00 – O’Leary Insurances Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f

BORN BY THE SEA (13/2, Bet365) had looked set to collect when falling whilst still travelling well at Cork last month, and if that mishap hasn’t left a mark then Paul Gilligan’s charge can gain some compensation.

The Born To Sea gelding had shown some fairly useful form previous to that fall, including when finding only Royal Illusion too strong at Bellewstown earlier in July on his first start in eleven months, and following his fall he wasn’t disgraced back on the level here on Wednesday where he finished fourth to easy winner Buildmeupbuttercup.

Back over hurdles here, assuming her confidence isn’t dented then she could go well.

2:30 – Galway Shopping Centre Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m7f

It could be worth chancing on SPADES ARE TRUMPS (14/1, Paddy Power, each-way) to get back on the scoresheet in a competitive handicap contest, and the Yeats gelding can give a good account.

Gavin Cromwell’s charge has only had eight starts, getting off the mark at the second attempt when scoring over Paloma Blue at Punchestown back in November 2017, after which he finished runner-up at Navan before struggling subsequently.

He hasn’t set the heather alight in a trio of starts this term despite finding only one too good at Fairyhouse in April, and having last been seen finishing eighth to Mr Adjudicator at Punchestown he has been given another break.

He could still have more to offer despite being pushed up 2lbs in the weights, he has the services of a good 5lbs claimer and a good run wouldn’t come as a surprise.

Gavin Cromwell

Gavin Cromwell can get amongst the winners on the penultimate day of the Galway Festival.

3:05 – Shearwater Hotel & Spa Irish EBF Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 1m½f

EMPEROR OF THE SUN (8/11, Ladbrokes) sets the standard on his promising debut third at Killarney last month where despite a slow start he caught the eye with his finishing effort, and sure to improve for that experience the Galileo colt can do better.

Beaten around five lengths on that occasion, she ran on well without being given too much of a hard time and he will have learned plenty for the occasion.

Open to significant progress, he is one of two runners in the race for Aidan O’Brien; but with trainer’s son Donnacha taking the ride over the yard’s other representative then she looks the one to beat here, and it would be no surprise to see him get off the mark now.

3:35 – Galway Shopping Centre Maiden (3yo+) 1m½f

TIME TUNNEL (9/4, Paddy Power) failed to give Frankie Dettori a winner on his first visit to Killarney, but Dermot Weld’s charge acquitted herself well and can get off the mark at the fourth attempt here.

The Invincible Spirit filly stepped up on his debut seventh to find only Morpho Blue at Leopardstown next time, and a first-time visor helped deliver another small jolt of improvement where he found only Tauran Shaman too strong latest, beaten a half-length.

This looks a decent opportunity for her to get off the mark now, and every chance she can go one better to gain a first win on the board for a yard in decent form.

Dermot Weld

Dermot Weld can get amongst the winners on day six of Galway

4:10 – Galway Shopping Centre Irish EBF Nursery Handicap (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 7f

Jessica Harrington has her string in good form, and there was a lot to like about JUSTINA‘s (5/2, Bet365) first win on her debut at Roscommon last month where she ran out a half-length winner over Potala Palace.

The Holy Roman Emperor subsequently tasted defeat on her next outing at Killarney, but she was beaten less than one length on that occasion behind Lougher and she may just have found that longer trip stretching her.

Back down in trip for this switch to a handicap, a mark of 82 looks workable and indeed lenient, and open to further improvement she could well get back on the scoresheet for her inform yard which has enjoyed a good season with its’ juveniles.

4:45 – Ardilaun Hotel Handicap (3yo+ 55-75) 7f

ANGELS (6/1, Paddy Power) has been in decent heart this term, making the frame in her last five starts which includes finding only one too good two starts ago at Naas, and then finishing just over one length third to Koybig at Killarney latest.

A dual-winner for Tim Easterby previously, Johnny Murtagh’s charge can continue her consistent spell of form where she can turn in another solid run.

Racing from the same mark here for a yard which has been amongst the winners she can make her presence felt again.

5:20 – McDonogh Capital Investments Handicap (3yo+ 50-80) 1m4f

EADBHARD (13/2, Bet365) has shown some fair form for previous handlers, but the Elzaam gelding posted arguably a career-best effort to run out a convincing and impressive winner at Fairyhouse last time where he struck by six lengths from Universal Focus.

Peter Fahey’s charge did well despite meeting with some trouble in running, and the reapplication of a hood could help him eke out some further improvement.

This probably demands more, but with that confidence-boosting win under his belt, he could have more to offer and every chance he can follow up that success with another here despite having been hit with a considerable hike up the weights.

5:55 – Galway Shopping Centre Irish EBF INH Mares Flat Race (4-7yo) 2m

SKYACE (7/4, Ladbrokes) could be hard to beat if building on his debut runner-up effort at Ballinrobe back in May, and the Westerner filly can find improvement on that first outing to get off the mark at the second attempt.

Willie Mullins’ charge was beaten just over one length behind Miss Cognac on that occasion, perhaps undone late by inexperience having travelled well into the contest. However that outing will have taught him plenty and there ought to be more to come with that run under her belt.

Willie Mullins has won two of the last three renewals of this contest, and he could collect the prize again and enhance his fine record in the race.

Patrick Mullins

Patrick Mullins can sign off day six of Galway with a winning ride

2019 GALWAY FESTIVAL TIPS – DAY SIX SELECTIONS

2:00 – BORN BY THE SEA (13/2, Bet365)
2:30 – SPADES ARE TRUMPS (14/1, Paddy Power, each-way)
3:05 – EMPEROR OF THE SUN (8/11, Ladbrokes)
3:35 – TIME TUNNEL (9/4, Paddy Power)
4:10 – JUSTINA’s (5/2, Bet365)
4:45 – ANGELS (6/1, Paddy Power)
5:20 – EADBHARD (13/2, Bet365)
5:55 – SKYACE (7/4, Ladbrokes)