2019 Galway Festival day five tips – Race-by-race selections for Friday’s fifth day of racing at Ballybrit

Galway are racing on Friday as the Festival continues into a fifth day.

Galway are racing on Friday as the Festival continues into a fifth day.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and bets bets across the day five racecard at Galway as the summer feature festival continues.

Friday takes in day five of the 2019 Galway Festival, and another competitive seven-race card awaits punters with both flat and jumps racing action going to post.

The feature race of Friday’s racecard at Ballybrit is the Guiness Handicap which goes to post at 6.50pm, and another competitive renewal is in store.

5:10 – Guinness Galway Tribes Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m

5:45 – James’s Gate Irish EBF Median Auction Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 7f

6:15 – Guinness Galway Blazers Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m6½f

6:50 – Guinness Handicap (3yo+) 1m4f

7:25 – Guinness Irish EBF Fillies Maiden (3yo+) 1m4f

7:55 – Arthur Guinness Handicap (3yo 50-70) 1m½f

8:25 – Rockshore Apple Cider Race (4yo+) 1m6f

Brian Healy looks through the day five racecard at Ballybrit where he has race-by-race selections for all seven races.

5:10 – Guinness Galway Tribes Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m

KEROSIN‘s (11/2, Bet365) form figures don’t mark him out as an obvious candidate for this contest, but Denis Hogan’s charge can get off the mark over timber here.

The Tertullian gelding hasn’t raced over hurdles since finishing fourth at Limerick in a novice contest during the Christmas period, but he arrives here fit from the flat where he was a Navan winner in June.

He has had only six starts to date over hurdles, so there is a suspicion that he may still be relatively unexposed, and an initial mark of 113 could prove lenient on his handicap debut given the pick of his form over timber, and it would be no surprise to see him go well in the day five opener.

5:45 – James’s Gate Irish EBF Median Auction Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 7f

ALPINE STAR (2/1, Bet365) represents a yard in decent form, and having shaped encouragingly on her debut at Leopardstown in July, the Sea The Stars filly can find improvement to get off the mark at the second attempt.

Jessica Harrington’s charge was beaten just under two lengths into third in that outing, not knocked about and that outing will have taught her plenty so there’s every chance now of improvement to come.

The form of that debut effort has been franked by the winner and fourth both winning since – the former in Group Three company – and she could well be the answer here with the potential for better still to come.

Jessica Harrington

Jessica Harrington can get amongst the winners on Friday at Galway

6:15 – Guinness Galway Blazers Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m6½f

TREASURE CHEST (7/1, William Hill) looks to be getting the hang of things now over fences, and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can land a third win in this sphere and claim a hat-trick of wins in the process.

The Galileo gelding had won twice over hurdles previously, but he initially looked reluctant over fences until being applied with cheekpieces where he has won since at both Clonmel and Roscommon.

He had just over one length to spare latest from One In All In, scoring with some authority and certainly value for further than the official winning distance.

All his wins over hurdles and fences have come at shorter trips than this, but he could be worth chancing to take the return to this longer trip in his stride and continue with his good spell where he can win again.

6:50 – Guinness Handicap (3yo+) 1m4f

MR ADJUDICATOR (7/2, Paddy Power) can gain some compensation for his defeat here on day one, where Willie Mullins’ charge was unable to show his best having been boxed in and unable to mount a challenge turning into the straight.

The Camacho gelding kept on for fourth, but his chances were quashed by meeting that trouble in running. However, he could be worth keeping faith with to get back on the scoresheet dropped in trip for this quick turnout which may suit him better.

Racing off the same mark here, Kevin Manning takes over in the saddle and he showed last time that he is capable of winning from this rating, and he may well have gone close with a clearer run on Monday.

While this is no less competitive than that day one contest, he ought to be in the mix and no surprise if he were to collect this time around.

Mr Adjudicator

Mr Adjudicator can win at Galway on Friday

7:25 – Guinness Irish EBF Fillies Maiden (3yo+) 1m4f

HAZEL BAY (6/5, William Hill) has had a few goes to win without success, but the Iffraaj filly sets a pretty stiff standard on her form to date and Dermot Weld’s charge can get off the mark here.

She has made the frame in all five starts to date, never finishing worse than fourth and placing twice in Listed company in outings at Naas and Cork respectively. She was last seen finishing third to Tipitena at Roscommon in a first-time hood, beaten just one length, and a repeat of that effort could be enough as she returns from a break.

The runner-up has since won twice, while there have been further winners come out of those horses who finished behind, and now tried in blinkers with a step up in trip likely to also suit then she could prove a tough nut to crack.

7:55 – Arthur Guinness Handicap (3yo 50-70) 1m½f

RAFFAELLO (15/2, William Hill) arrives here on a hat-trick of wins having found a jolt of improvement on the back of some lesser runs to post successes at Gowran Park and Lingfield, and Bill McCreerys charge can land the three-timer here.

The War Command gelding struck only by the narrowest of margins when registering the second of his successes under a 6lbs penalty, beating Fancy Footings by a nose; but there is a feeling the run might have come soon enough for him and he may well show up better back from a break.

Only 4lbs higher now, his rider can claim his full allowance now which will help, and for all this probably demands a shade more from him, he could prove equal to the task.

8:25 – Rockshore Apple Cider Race (4yo+) 1m6f

THE KING (10/11, Bet365) could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways despite boasting only one career success to his name in 13 starts; but Jessica Harrington’s charge has shown a good level of form in most of his outings despite not winning, and he could find this a shade easier than his past assignments.

The Mastercraftsman colt last tasted success when scoring at Gowran Park on just his second career start; but he showed progressive form last term in handicaps and latterly Group company where he he posted a career-best effort to finish just one length third to Rostropovich in a Group Three contest.

He has largely run well again in defeat this term with the exception of finding the Curragh Cup too tough, and he was beaten only by Downdraft when last seen at Down Royal late in July where he was beaten three lengths.

While his win record does offer some cause for concern, he has the form in the book to go close and he ought to find this an easier test dropping in grade so it would be disappointing if he weren’t able to take advantage.


5:10 – KEROSIN’s (11/2, Bet365)

5:45 – ALPINE STAR (2/1, Bet365)

6:15 – TREASURE CHEST (7/1, William Hill)

6:50 – MR ADJUDICATOR (7/2, Paddy Power)

7:25 – HAZEL BAY (6/5, William Hill)

7:55 – RAFFAELLO (15/2, William Hill)

8:25 – THE KING (10/11, Bet365)