All the latest odds, tips, and results for Friday’s meeting at Galway
THE Galway Festival continues on Friday with a seven-race card.
We’ve got all the racecards and results for the meeting right here for you.
Race 1 5.10pm – James’s Gate Irish EBF Auction Maiden (7f)
A competitive maiden to kick things off and perhaps today is the day that CORAL BEACH finally consents to put it all in.
Aidan O’Brien’s filly is clearly talented, but running over sprint trips has not suited her and she has thrown away many opportunities by getting going far too late.
The extra furlong she gets here should help to offset that and she should get the run of the race from stall two should she want it.
TIP: CORAL BEACH
Race 2 5.45pm – Arthur Guinness Handicap (1m1/2f)
A modest handicap that could go to HASIMIYYA if she puts it all together on her first foray into handicapping.
Dermot Weld’s filly was a little out of her depth in Listed company last time, but this low grade handicap is far more realistic.
Sean Davis’ claim sees her drop another 7lb in the weights and that makes this beautifully bred Aga Khan filly the one to beat.
Stall 13 is a negative, but she could win this easily given how well treated she could be.
Race 3 6.15pm – Guinness Irish EBF Fillies Maiden (1m4f)
THIS looks to have been laid on a plate for LURE OF THE SEA.
Dermot Weld holds this Sea The Stars filly in high regard and everything looks perfect for a bold bid.
She ran well despite running green behind a horse who ran in the Irish Oaks — a level that is head and shoulders above anything that runs here.
TIP: LURE OF THE SEA
Race 4 6.50pm – Guinness Handicap (1m4f)
TRAINER Willie Mullins has won this twice in the last three years and he once again has a powerful hand. All four of his have leading claims in this valuable Premier Handicap, but I am prepared to look away from the obvious and chase a bit of value with JAMES COOK.
The Ballydoyle colt has failed to fulfil the potential of his two-year-old days in Derby trials this season, but he is a good horse on his day and more than good enough to win a big pot like this.
He might have been competitive at the Curragh last time if not for being badly hampered and he can make amends here under the tactically astute Seamie Heffernan.
TIP: JAMES COOK
Race 5 7.25pm – Rockshore Race (1m6f)
A poor turnout for this sort of race and it would be a huge shock if WICKLOW BRAVE does not do the business.
He’s not the force of old, but don’t forget that he won an Irish St Leger in 2016 and was Champion Hurdle class in his pomp over the sticks.
Only bad luck can stop him from winning this because he should be winning it by double digits in a canter.
TIP: WICKLOW BRAVE
Race 6 7.55pm – Guinness Galway Blazers Handicap Chase (2m61/2f)
A strong renewal of the Galway Blazers that can go the way of KILLARO BOY if he brings his best.
Adrian Murray’s nine-year-old has yet to find his form over fences this season, but there is no doubt that he can be competitive off this mark and especially with Barry Browne taking off a valuable 5lb.
His Fairyhouse win last season marked him down as one to watch in all the big handicaps and he can get his career back on track by winning this in style.
TIP: KILLARO BOY
Eamonn Hames’ Tips
- 5.10 Coral Beach
- 5.45 Hasimiyya
- 6.15 Lure Of The Sea
- 6.50 James Cook
- 7.25 Wicklow Brave
- 7.55 Killaro Boy
- 8.25 On The Go Again
Race 7 8.25pm – Guinness Handicap Hurdle (2m)
IT was unfortunate that ON THE GO AGAIN missed the cut for the Galway Hurdle and he can reap the rewards of dropping in grade to run here instead.
Michael Mulvany’s five-year-old has been kept to the Flat to preserve his hurdles mark for this week and what a success that has been.
He began by hacking up in the Lincoln at Naas and followed it up by winning a Listed race at Leopardstown.
He could have a fair bit in hand on this return to timber and he goes well in any ground, so conditions will not be a bother to him.
TIP: ON THE GO AGAIN