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

It is day two of the Galway Festival on Tuesday.

It is day two of the Galway Festival on Tuesday.

Brian Healy takes a look at the second day racecard at Galway and gives his selections for every race on another competitive afternoon of horse racing action at Ballybrit.

Day two of the Galway Festival goes to post on Tuesday, and another competitive mix of jumps and flat racing awaits punters with a seven-race card getting underway at 5.20pm.

The feature race of the night goes to post at 7.40pm with the latest renewal of the BMW Mile Handicap, while there is also Listed hurdle action on the racecard.

5:20 – COLM QUINN BMW Novice Hurdle (Listed Race) (4yo+) 2m½f

5:55 – Latin Quarter Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m2f

6:25 – COLM QUINN BMW Irish EBF Fillies Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 7f

7:05 – Caulfield Industrial Irish EBF Maiden (3yo+) 7f

7:40 – COLM QUINN BMW Mile Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 1m½f

8:10 – Caulfield Industrial Handicap (4yo+ 55-70) 1m½f

8:40 – Caulfieldindustrial.com Handicap (4yo+ 60-80) 7f

Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look at Tuesday’s second day of racing at Galway where he has selections in all seven races.

5:20 – COLM QUINN BMW Novice Hurdle (Listed Race) (4yo+) 2m½f

FAST BUCK (11/10, Bet365) has shown a useful level of form over hurdles in his three starts to date for Willie Mullins since joining the yard, and the Kendargent gelding can follow up his recent success at Listowel here.

He ran out a ten lengths’ winner on that occasion having finished runner-up to the classy Fakir D’oudairies on his debut, and then finishing third to All For Joy at Naas.

He made all the running last time out, barely halted by a mistake mid-race, and likely to have further improvement to come he could prove a tough nut to crack again taking on just four rivals.

Willie Mullins can get day two of Galway off to a winning start

Willie Mullins can get day two of Galway off to a winning start

5:55 – Latin Quarter Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m2f

THE HOLY ONE (5/1, William Hill) was in the process of running well when falling at Limerick latest, and Jessica Harrington’s charge could gain some compensation here.

The Court Cave gelding was a dual winner over hurdles earlier in the year, scoring at Thurles and Fairyhouse, and having looked in need of the experience of the larger obstacles when finishing sixth behind Wicklow Brave at Ballinrobe in May, he held every chance when departing at the last when last seen out.

Assuming that mishap hasn’t dented his confidence, he could be worth chancing to get off the mark over the larger obstacles at the third attempt for a yard which continues in very good form.

6:25 – COLM QUINN BMW Irish EBF Fillies Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 7f

TOO SOON TO PANIC (3/1, William Hill) cant phone for an appt before 8 .. only half 7 there ran well on her debut at Leopardstown behind Cayenne Pepper last month, and likely to improve for that outing the Gleneagles filly can get off the mark at the second attempt.

James ‘Fozzy’ Stark’s charge was beaten just over two lengths on that occasion, perhaps needing the run, and the form has since been franked with the race-winner as well as the runner-up and fourth all collecting winning prizes since which include a Group Three success.

She looks sure to progress for that initial experience, and she had the reopposing Petite Mustique behind her in that debut, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her uphold that form while finding some improvement to open her win account now.

7:05 – Caulfield Industrial Irish EBF Maiden (3yo+) 7f

MUDLAHHIM (11/2, Coral) looked in need of the outing when finishing almost ten lengths’ fifth of nine runners behind Luxuriant at Leopardstown earlier in the month, but with that run under his belt the Tamayz colt is expected to do much better this time around.

Kevin Prendergast’s charge made an eye-catching debut as a juvenile when chasing home Magna Grecia at Naas on his only start last year; but there could be more to come from his this campaign if building on that reappearance, although it is slightly worrying that he sports both a tongue-tie and a visor for the first time in this latest outing.

He remains with plenty of potential still however given his debut effort has since been franked considerably, and likely to progress for his reappearance he could go close here.

Veteran trainer Kevin Prendergast can saddle a Galway winner

Veteran trainer Kevin Prendergast can saddle a Galway winner

7:40 – COLM QUINN BMW Mile Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 1m½f

The feature race of day two could go the way of Sheila Lavery’s MAGNETIC NORTH (12/1, Paddy Power) who has looked progressive in racking up back-to-back wins the last twice at Navan and Leopardstown respectively.

The Born To Sea gelding scored those wins by a half-length and a neck respectively, but he gave the impression that there was more in the locker having won a shade cosily last time.

He had a couple of these behind him in that run, and the handicapper might be taking a chance pushing him up just 3lbs for that victory given that he could have more to offer.

This will demand a shade more as he steps into a higher grade, but it would come as no surprise to see him find another jolt of improvement and he can land the hat-trick here.

8:10 – Caulfield Industrial Handicap (4yo+ 55-70) 1m½f

John Joseph Murphy won this race twelve months ago with St Gallen, and the trainer could enjoy back-to-back successes in the race this time with his SHARP FOCUS (13/2, Ladbrokes) who arrives here in good heart having won last time out at Killarney.

The Rock Of Gibraltar had finished runner-up on his previous start at Tipperary which was his handicap debut, and he had three-parts of a length to spare at the line from Havana Breeze latest where he got up late.

The handicapper has pushed him up 5lbs for that win, but he is likely to have more to come in this sphere, and he can follow up here.

8:40 – Caulfieldindustrial.com Handicap (4yo+ 60-80) 7f

HIGHLY APPROVED (7/1, William Hill) has been largely consistent this term, making the frame in in each of her last six starts which includes winning at Bellewstown earlier this month, and Adrian McGuinness’ can follow up.

The Approve filly beat Takeachancejimmy on that occasion, after which she posted back-to-back runner-up efforts where she was beaten a half-length each time which includes latest at Leopardstown in an apprentices’ contest.

She was just run down late by the eventual winner, and a 2lbs rise in the weights leaves her still fairly treated on her old form as she has placed from higher marks than this in the past so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her remaining competitive and she ought to give another good account here.

2019 GALWAY FESTIVAL TIPS – DAY TWO SELECTIONS

5:20 – FAST BUCK (11/10, Bet365)

5:55 – THE HOLY ONE (5/1, William Hill)

6:25 – TOO SOON TO PANIC (3/1, William Hill)

7:05 – MUDLAHHIM (11/2, Coral)

7:40 – MAGNETIC NORTH (12/1, Paddy Power)

8:10 – SHARP FOCUS (13/2, Ladbrokes)

8:40 – HIGHLY APPROVED (7/1, William Hill)