Sunday’s racing tips – 5/1 NAP to Phil his boots on the final day at Galway
Our expert takes a look through all of the races on the final day of the Galway Festival and selects a prime contender in the Sales Chase as his NAP of the day with Coral.
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I was never the biggest fan of Yorkhill, even when the former JLT winner was at the peak of his powers. Since winning that race at Cheltenham, Willie Mullins’ charge has suffered ten straight defeats over both hurdles and fences. His best result came under Ruby Walsh at Clonmel last spring, where Yorkhill was taken to the cleaners by 150-rated Acapella Bourgeois on good ground which should have played into the favourite’s hands. I wouldn’t back him with a free bet, let alone real money.
Some Neck was a non-runner in the Plate on Wednesday and could struggle under the burden of a penalty. Nicky Henderson’s Theinval should relish this ground, but he hasn’t been seen for 200 days and this extended trip should be beyond his reach. Valseur Lido is a horse on a steep decline, while both Cable and Bletchley Castle have no real business being in here with Graded winners.
Process of elimination, then, leads me to side with A TOI PHIL. Such is the nature of what seems a terrible renewal of this race, he could be my best bet of the day, lurking around 5/1.
Gordon Elliott has campaigned A Toi Phil heavily over the past 12 months, running him in the Pertemps Final, the British Grand National and the Irish equivalent at Fairyhouse. His latest outing came in the Galway Plate earlier in the week, where Liam Quinlan’s mount jumped fairly poorly en-route to a 13th place finish.
A Toi Phil has been running predominantly in handicaps since the autumn and could come alive now the field is off level-weights. Despite his trouble on Wednesday, Elliott’s nine-year-old has handled Galway well in the past, finishing fourth behind Balko Des Flos in the 2017 edition of the plate.
Mark Enright – who gave Galway Hurdle runner-up, Due Reward a cracking ride on Thursday – takes over in the saddle and he will be hoping to score a sixth winner at this meeting in the past five years. A Toi Phil looks the most profitable option in this terrible Sales Chase.