4.00: JAMES’S GATE MAIDEN HURDLE. 2m 110yds.
Purple Mountain should have a class edge here. She won a listed bumper before running a lifeless race in a Grade 2 bumper when last seen. Stable companion Gamin Original didn't show a huge amount at Ballinobe last time out but is probably capable of better. Vermillion Cliffs was smart on the flat for Aidan O’Brien and has shown some promise for the Denis Hogan yard.
SELECTION: PURPLE MOUNTAIN. NEXT BEST: VERMILLION CLIFFS
4.30: ADARE MANOR OPPORTUNITY HANDICAP HURDLE. 2m 110yds.
Top weight Hallowed Star ran in much better races than this during the winter and has a top jockey booked. Tony Martin’s Nbiru ran very well on the flat here on Monday evening and is probably well handicapped.
SELECTION: HALLOWED STAR. NEXT BEST: NBIRU
5.00: GUINNESS GALWAY TRIBES HANDICAP HURDLE. 2m. 110yds.
A really competitive race which should produce lots of future winners. Flying Scotsman gets the vote. He won twice on the flat here last summer and finally got his act together over hurdles at Navan in January. Off the track since, he has presumably been laid out with Galway in mind. Excelsius is another former flat winner who belatedly came good over hurdles lately and may have more to offer. Bua Boy landed a gamble here last year and has been off the track for a long time. Run For Oscar, Ruaille Buaille and Arcadian Sunrise are more obvious ‘form’ horses who can be expected to run well.
SELECTION: FLYING SCOTSMAN. NEXT BEST: EXCELSIUS.
5.30: GUINNESS HANDICAP HURDLE (GRADE B). 2m 7f.
Royal Ascot winner Stratum is the class act here though he has yet to show the same ability over hurdles. His stable companion Jazzaway won a good hurdle race at the Punchestown Festival by a short-head and has claims though an 8lb rise is steep. The form of the Down Royal race won by Visionarian has been boosted and he looks tempting off a low weight. Litterale Ci ran a huge race on the flat here on Monday night and is respected, and the same comment applies to Lynwood Gold. Aintree winner Tronador is another to consider, following an eyecatching flat outing at Killarney.
SELECTION: VISIONARIAN. NEXT BEST: LITTERALE CI.
6.05: GUINNESS BEGINNERS CHASE. 2m 2f.
Two French imports are fancied to dominate this race. Busselton was not far off the best juvenile hurdlers and his owner Michael Burke from Loughrea will have wanted the horse aimed at Galway for some time. Gloire D’Athon was pretty disappointing over hurdles but he has always looked like he wants a fence. The forecast favourite Russian Diamond was an expensive failure in a chase here last year and connections will have a point to prove.
SELECTION: BUSSELTON. NEXT BEST: GLOIRE D’ATHON
6.40: ARTHUR GUINNESS CHASE. 2m 6f. 110yds.
Most of the declarations ran in Wednesday’s Plate, so it remains to be seen which of them turns up again. Darasso finished fifth in the Plate and would have to get the verdict if allowed take his chance. Annamix was pulled up early in the Plate when things weren’t going his way and might be good value now in a smaller field.
SELECTION: DARASSO. NEXT BEST: ANNAMIX.
7.10: GUINNESS GALWAY BLAZERS HANDICAP CHASE. 2m 6f. 110yds.
Owner J.P. McManus has six of the 20 runners, and they include recent Midlands National (Kilbeggan) winner The Big Lense. However, the same owner’s Everlastingpromise is a more consistent sort and is worth a bet despite being unproven over this longer trip. Dunvegan ran well when fourth in a flat race at Leopardstown recently and is respected. Popong has been threatening to win a race of this nature for a long time but his supporters are running out of patience. Third reserve Jerandme would be of great interest if he got a spot in the field.
SELECTION: EVERLASTINGPROMISE. NEXT BEST: DUNVEGAN.
7.45: HOP HOUSE 13 PRO-AM INH FLAT RACE. 2m 110yds.
Patrick Mullins was on board both Dani Barcelona and Ashroe Diamond when they made winning debuts and the fact that he has deserted the former in favour of the latter here is significant. There are several other impressive recent winners in the field, notably Lahinch Three, Gris Majeur, Hey Johnny and Imperial Ruler. The last-named looked above average, in particular.
SELECTION: ASHROE DIAMOND. NEXT BEST: IMPERIAL RULER.