2019 Galway Festival day three tips – Race-by-race selections for day three of racing at Ballybrit

It is day three of the Galway Festival on Wednesday.

It is day three of the Galway Festival on Wednesday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for the third day of the Galway Festival, featuring the Galway Plate.

Wednesday sees the third day of the Galway Festival go to post, and another seven-race card goes to post at Ballybrit which includes both flat and jumps racing action.

The feature race of the afternoon is the ultra-competitive Galway Plate, and a strong British raiding party will descend on the Ballybrit track with each bidding to land a big prize.

5:10 – Tote Supporting Irish Racing Since 1930 Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m5f
5:40 – Tote Proud Sponsor Of The Galway Races Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 88-123) 2m5f
6:10 – Sign Up For A Tote Account Irish EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f
6:45 – Play The Tote Trifecta (Q.R.) Maiden (3yo+) 1m4f
7:20 – thetote.com Galway Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade A) (4yo+) 2m6½f
8:00 – Bet With The Tote At The Galway Races Handicap (3yo) 1m½f
8:30 – Play The Tote Superfecta Handicap (3yo+ 60-80) 2m½f

Brian Healy assesses the day three racecard as the Galway Festival continues, and he gives his race-by-race selections for all seven of the evening’s races which get underway from 5.10pm.

5:10 – Tote Supporting Irish Racing Since 1930 Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m5f

DANCING ON MY OWN (8/11, William Hill) was probably amiss when pulled up at Cheltenham when last seen contesting the Coral Cup, but Henry De Bromhead’s charge can make a winning return to action here.

The Milan gelding had shown a good level of form previously in novice contests, beaten only a half-length behind Buildmeupbuttercup at Navan in December and then twice contesting behind Klassical Dream where he finished third and fourth respectively behind that rival which included in the Grade One Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle.

He made a really bad mistake three out at Cheltenham, but he was already starting to feel the pinch, and he was pulled up before the last having weakened tamely in ground that may have been too soft for him.

This looks a much easier assignment, and no surprise if he bounces back here with a return to the winners’ enclosure.

Henry De Bromhead

Henry De Bromhead can get amongst the winners on day three of the Galway Festival

5:40 – Tote Proud Sponsor Of The Galway Races Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 88-123) 2m5f

It could be worth taking a chance on GENERATOR CITY (14/1, Paddy Power) as he makes his handicap debut here, and Denis Hogan’s charge arrives on the back of a Ballinrobe success earlier in the month where the Primary gelding ran out a three lengths’ winner over Summer Hill.

A fair performer between the flags, he has shaped well in a series of maiden and novice hurdle events over a range of trips; but he found a jolt of improvement to strike latest, doing the job a shade readily and he could improve for the switch to handicapping where he features on a potentially lenient mark.

With the potential for further improvement to come, the lightly raced six-year old ought to give a good account of himself and Philip Enright takes the ride again having won on him last time.

6:10 – Sign Up For A Tote Account Irish EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f

BALLYDUNBLAZE (14/1, Paddy Power, each-way) switches to handicap company here having run out a ready winner of a Limerick maiden contest earlier in the month, and Gordon Elliott’ s charge can build on that performance to follow up with another success.

The Arcadio mare had finished fifth at Listowel on her hurdles debut in June, and she showed some improvement for that outing when finishing closer at Downpatrick on her next start where the longer trip may have stretched her.

She won a shade readily latest, keeping on strongly after the last and an initial mark of 103 looks workable on the evidence of that success despite the form being questionable. Nevertheless, she is open to progress and no surprise if she were to give another good account.

6:45 – Play The Tote Trifecta (Q.R.) Maiden (3yo+) 1m4f

BUILDMEUPBUTTERCUP (1/3, Bet365) was a fair sort on the level previously for Mick Channon before switching to hurdling under the care of Willie Mullins where the Sixties Icon mare showed a decent level in Graded company after winning her hurdles debut at Navan.

Pulled up when last seen over timber at Punchestown in April, she was given a break before returning to action in a first-time tongue-tie to contest the Ascot Stakes during Royal Ascot, where she was only denied by little over one length behind The Grand Visir.

There has to be a question mark over this considerably shorter trip, but if the sharper test of stamina doesn’t pose an issue then she ought to continue to give a good account and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her get back to winning ways.

7:20 – thetote.com Galway Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade A) (4yo+) 2m6½f

A really strong renewal of this competitive handicap, and a chance is taken on HERON HEIGHTS (16/1, Coral, each-way) to follow up his win at Punchestown back in May.

Henry De Bromhead’s charge may not be the most consistent, and he failed to fire in this race two years ago behind Balko Des Flos; but he has been lightly raced since that run and has won two of his four subsequent starts.

Both wins have come at Punchestown, latterly beating Onefortheroadtom by six lengths on his return from almost a year off the track where despite being being hampered he appeared to win a shade readily.

A 6lbs rise in the weights and tackling a stronger field will certainly demand more from the ten-year old, but he can go well nonetheless and no surprise to see him competitive again.

8:00 – Bet With The Tote At The Galway Races Handicap (3yo) 1m½f

Ger Lyons saddles two in this race, and GIGA WHITE (9/1, William Hill) could prove the pick of the pair with the consistent Dark Angel gelding having made he frame in five of his last six starts.

A juvenile winner at Gowran Park last August, he has proven to be a consistent sort this term with a sole disappointment at the Curragh in June behind Baladiya where he possibly resented the blinkers.

The headgear was left off for his next outing where he was beaten just over one length behind Balefire at Leopardstown, finishing third; and he filled the same spot seven days ago behind I Am Superman at Naas where first-time cheekpieces were deployed.

A return to the longer trip could help, and it is interesting that there is no headgear present again; but the presence of an excellent 3lbs claimer in the saddle ought to aid his chances at the weights, and he should continue to remain competitive here where another big run could be in the pipeline.

8:30 – Play The Tote Superfecta Handicap (3yo+ 60-80) 2m½f

EIGHT AND BOB (3/1, Bet365) developed into a very useful handicap hurdler last term, and Willie Mullins’ charge can get back on the scoresheet here upped in trip on the flat.

The Big Bad Bob gelding didn’t show his best in a couple of runs over timber in the spring, pulled up behind stablemate Mr Adjudicator at Punchestown in May before winning at Tipperary on the level with a defeat of Walkabout the following month.

He lost little caste in defeat next time when denied only by a half-length behind Aasleagh Fawn at Bellewstown with the pair pulling clear, and he suggested that he may appreciate more of a test so it is no surprise that he tackles two miles on the flat now.

Only 3lbs higher than when posting that latest near-miss, he is fancied to give a good account of himself in this competitive day three closer and he can go close with Colin Keane booked for the ride.

2019 GALWAY FESTIVAL TIPS – DAY THREE SELECTIONS

5:10 – DANCING ON MY OWN (8/11, William Hill)
5:40 – GENERATOR CITY (14/1, Paddy Power, each-way)
6:10 – BALLYDUNBLAZE (14/1, Paddy Power, each-way)
6:45 – BUILDMEUPBUTTERCUP (1/3, Bet365)
7:20 – HERON HEIGHTS (16/1, Coral, each-way)
8:00 – GIGA WHITE (9/1, William Hill)
8:30 – EIGHT AND BOB (3/1, Bet365)