2019 Galway Festival day seven tips – Race-by-race selections for all eight races on the final day of the Ballybrit summer feature

Galway are racing on Sunday as their summer Festival meeting enters its' final day.

Galway are racing on Sunday as their summer Festival meeting enters its’ final day.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for all eight races on the final day of the Ballybrit summer feature festival.

It is the seventh and final day of the 2019 Galway Festival on Sunday, and a cracking week of horse racing action draws to a close at the Ballybrit track for another year.

The final day racecard sees an eight race card go to post, and as in previous days there is no shortage of quality with the feature Anonoora Handicap leading the way on Sunday.

2:15 – Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 88-116) 2m½f
2:45 – Kenny Galway Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 88-123) 3m½f
3:20 – Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 7f
3:55 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Ahonoora Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 7f
4:30 – Watch Racing TV Now Chase (5yo+) 2m6½f
5:00 – Lord Hemphill Memorial Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m2f
5:30 – JPK Fencing Handicap (3yo+ 50-75) 1m6f
6:00 – Fr. Breen Memorial (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race (4-7yo) 2m

Brian Healy has been in decent form throughout the previous days of the Galway Festival, and he’ll be hoping for more winners on the last day where he gives his race-by-race selections for Sunday’s closing eight-race card.

2:15 – Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 88-116) 2m½f

Assuming this doesn’t come too soon after running out a ready winner here four days ago, ILIKEDWAYURTHINKIN (10/11, Paddy Power) can follow up with a 5lbs penalty unlikely to be enough of a burden.

Gavin Cromwell’s Yeats gelding ran out a six lengths’ winner under this rider, beating Sweet Home Chicago and others with a bit to spare, and dropping back in trip for this latest outing he can strike again.

Likely to be well-treated despite his penalty, he is quickly turned out before the handicapper shoves him further up the weights, and he has proven effective over the minimum trip previously where he has the scope for better.

Given the manner of his success on Wednesday, he could prove a tough nut to crack with a repeat, and he can double up here.

2:45 – Kenny Galway Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 88-123) 3m½f

POKER D’AINAY (9/2, Ladbrokes) has shown progressive form over hurdles, making the frame in each of his three starts following a poor introduction at Limerick, and Willie Mullins’ charge took another forward step when scoring readily over Gutteral at Wexford last month.

The No Risk At All gelding had almost six lengths in hand on that occasion, making all the running and drawing readily clear of a field which included a subsequent winner.

His earlier runner-up effort behind Everybreathyoutake has seen both the winner and fourth horses home win since, and with Paul Townend up he looks the stable’s first string for this outing.

A 4lbs rise in the weights for that last run doesn’t look unduly harsh, and with the potential for further improvement still he could follow up here.

Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins can get amongst the winners again on the final day of Galway.

3:20 – Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 7f

Richard Hannon enjoyed a good week at Glorious Goodwood, and MENSEN ERNST (11/4, William Hill) can continue the trainer’s good spell of form with a successful Irish raid.

The Intello colt finished a solid third on his debut at Nottingham in June, after which he went down only by a nose behind Governor Of Punjab at Brighton last month; that form has subsequently been franked, and he was arguably unlucky not to win in any case having been denied a clear run at a crucial stage.

That winner has gone in again at Goodwood, and with the potential for improvement to come on the back of that near miss he can get off the mark at the third attempt and hand his in-form handler a winner on his first visit to the track despite the draw having been unkind to him.

3:55 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Ahonoora Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 7f

QUIZICAL (13/2, William Hill) has a poor draw to overcome here, but it could be worth chancing on Sheila Lavery’s star to defy that negative and get back on the scoresheet.

The Roderic O’connor gelding scored his sole win to date at Gowran Park back in August, and he has been rather in-and-out since returning to action following a break at Naas in March where he has largely struggled.

However, he ran a better race in defeat last time out when beaten less than one length behind Saltonstall here on Tuesday, finishing well having been given too much to do.

The drop to seven furlongs here will be of no issue, and he has made the frame on all three previous visits to Ballybrit so he can give another good account of himself here.

4:30 – Watch Racing TV Now Chase (5yo+) 2m6½f

YORKHILL (7/4, Bet365) was an early and unfortunate casualty in the Galway Plate on Wednesday where his saddle slipped, and assuming no such ill-fortune befalls Willie Mullins’ charge this time around then the Presenting gelding could prove hard to beat here.

A very smart chaser at his best, he hasn’t won since beating Top Notch in the 2017 JLT Novices’ Chase, but he has continued to ply his trade at the top table both over hurdles and fences.

While he perhaps might not have hit the heights hoped of him following that Cheltenham success, he nevertheless should prove hard to beat on these terms if able to produce something akin to his best form and it would be no surprise if he collected here.

Yorkhill

Yorkhill can get back on the winning trail at Galway on Sunday

5:00 – Lord Hemphill Memorial Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m2f

ALL THE ANSWERS (4/1, Bet365) can get back on the winning trail, and Joseph O’Brien’s charge could still have some scope to improve over fences having had just a handful of runs.

The Kayf Tara gelding won twice over hurdles, scoring here during the 2016 Festival, and then back at this track in the October of that year; but he has been lightly raced since, although he could still have a future over the larger obstacles.

A Cork winner on his reappearance last November, he subsequently ran well in fourth behind Duca De Thaix at Fairyhouse on his next outing; but absent again before returning with a solid third of eight runners behind Lakemilan at Killarney last month, he could improve for that reapparance and can get back on the scoresheet from the same mark.

A good 5lbs claimer adds some further credence to his claims in this contest, and it would be no surprise to see him go well here.

5:30 – JPK Fencing Handicap (3yo+ 50-75) 1m6f

DINARD ROSE (16/1, Paddy Power, each-way) arrives here in decent heart, scoring wins at both Bellewstown and Limerick in early-July, and then finding only one too good at Leopardstown next time behind Hurricane Sky where the Champs Elysees filly was denied by a half-length.

Possibly just given too much to do on that occasion, he has only been raised 2lbs higher in the weights and a slight drop back in trip is unlikely to pose a big issue with his Bellewstown win having come at this distance previously.

Given his current good spell of form, it wouldn’t come as a big surprise to see him posting another solid effort and he can quickly get back on the scoresheet here for all he probably needs to find a career-best to do so.

6:00 – Fr. Breen Memorial (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race (4-7yo) 2m

METICULOUS (4/5, Ladbrokes) sets a pretty stiff standard on the form of his eighth-place finish in the Champion Bumper back in March, and Joseph O’Brien’s charge ought to be hard to beat here.

The Fame And Glory gelding was a Killarney winner on his debut last July, and having looked in need of the run when fourth to Benruben at Leopardstown during the Christmas Festival, he subsequently chased home Envoi Allen back at Leopardstown in February.

Probably not at his best at Cheltenham in the softer conditions, it was nevertheless a solid effort and on those pieces of firm he ought to prove a tough nut to crack back on better ground on his reappearance.

2019 GALWAY FESTIVAL TIPS – DAY SEVEN SELECTIONS

2:15 – ILIKEDWAYURTHINKIN (10/11, Paddy Power)
2:45 – POKER D’AINAY (9/2, Ladbrokes)
3:20 – MENSEN ERNST (11/4, William Hill)
3:55 – QUIZICAL (13/2, William Hill)
4:30 – YORKHILL (7/4, Bet365)
5:00 – ALL THE ANSWERS (4/1, Bet365)
5:30 – DINARD ROSE (16/1, Paddy Power, each-way)
6:00 – METICULOUS (4/5, Ladbrokes)