4.10: CLAREGALWAYHOTEL.IE IRISH EBF 2YO MAIDEN. 7f
Dermot Weld won this race for the 24th time last year and his runner this year, Duke De Sessa, has a Group 1 entry. Weld has sent out a couple of smart two-year-old winners recently too. Jim Bolger’s newcomer McTigue also has a Group 1 entry and a nice low draw. Of those with form, I Am Magic and Anchorage stand out. They finished second and third respectively at Naas earlier this month. Anchorage is likely to improve the most for that outing.
SELECTION: DUKE DE SESSA. NEXT BEST: ANCHORAGE
4.40: CLAYTONHOTELGALWAY.IE HANDICAP (RATED 50-80). 7f.
After wins at Roscommon and Listowel, Cisco Disco goes for the hat-trick here but she’s 10lb higher and is drawn wide. Top weight Mother Country might just have been let in lightly for her handicap debut on a mark of 80. When she won her maiden she defeated I Siyou Baby by a head and that one is now rated 88 after two quick wins.
SELECTION: MOTHER COUNTRY. NEXT BEST: CISCO DISCO
5.15: GALWAYBAYHOTEL.COM & GALMONT.COM HANDICAP (RATED 50-80). 7f.
The most unexposed horse in the field is Yester. She has shown ability in maidens and has a good draw for her handicap debut. Kodiqueen is of interest with a good draw and a capable 10lb claimer, Tom Kiely Marshall, on board. Daniel King is another 10lb claimer to note and he is rides Turbine for Denis Hogan. Excuzio Joe won here last October but hasn’t run for a long time and would probably prefer softer ground. The same comment applies to Earls. The progressive Coill Na Sionnainne is unlikely to get to the front from stall 18.
SELECTION: YESTER. NEXT BEST: KODIQUEEN
5.45: EASYFIX HANDICAP (RATED 50-80). 1m 4f 110yds.
Winning hurdler Mr Coldstone has his first run on the flat for trainer Willie Mullins here and could be thrown in. No Thanks has run really well the last twice and, even though he is drawn wide here, he will surely make the frame again. Maricruz is another consistent performer and has a winning 10lb claimer on board. The Tony Martin yard has shown signs of a return to form in recent weeks, so Nbiru should be respected, despite a six-month absence.
SELECTION: NO THANKS. NEXT BEST: MR COLDSTONE
6.15: CONNACHT HOTEL QR HANDICAP (RATED 70-100). 2m 1f.
Willie Mullins runs six here and even though Patrick Mullins has opted for Hook Up, it would be no surprise if one of her stable companions comes out on top. A smart hurdler, Hook Up did catch the eye when third at Killarney and that form has been boosted.
Patrick would not have had the option to ride Foveros, who is owned by Luke McMahon, father of jockey Aubrey, who won this race in 2017 on Whiskey Sour and in 2018 on Uradel. The hat-trick looks very possible.
Speaking on Sunday, Patrick Mullins said he fancies Jody Townend's mount Exchange Rate. He said: "I won on him at the Festival in 2017, he’s run very well off a mark of 89 in the past and he’s running off 82 on Monday with Jody claiming 5lb. He could be very well-in."
Zoffanien might be the best handicapped horse in the race. Since transferring from France he has developed into a 140-rated hurdler and he gets in here off his old French flat handicap mark of 83 and has top amateur Barry O’Neill booked.
Run For Mary finished second to Princess Zoe in this race last year, which looks a very good effort now. Up 3lb for a recent Limerick win, Run For Mary has cheekpieces on for the first time here and only needs a bit of luck and small improvement to be right there.
The 11-year-old De Name Escapes Me was a close sixth in this race last year and could easily go well again.
The Names Jock was put up 7lb for finishing second at Leopardstown, which was harsh.
SELECTION: FOVEROS. NEXT BEST: RUN FOR MARY
6.45: EVENTUS 3YO HANDICAP (RATED 60-90). 1m 4f. 110yds.
A warm contest in which the vote goes to Aidan O’Brien’s National Ballet. Like dual classic winner Snowfall, he is by Deep Impact and has been raised 12lb for his easy Limerick handicap success. He could have a lot more improvement in him. Top weight Port Sunlight is sure to go well but looks a bit more exposed. Of the others, Powerful Kieran showed ability on his debut for Joseph O’Brien before disappointing last time out.
SELECTION: NATIONAL BALLET. NEXT BEST: POWERFUL KIERAN.
7.15: MONAMI CONSTRUCTION QR MAIDEN. 1m 4f 110yds.
Willie Mullins has won this race for the past four years and the stable’s sole representative, Beret Rouge, looks to hold leading claims. However, Patrick Mullins has opted instead to ride Zero Ten for his cousin Emmet and this is surely significant. Zero Ten has won three races already at Galway and this will have been the plan for some time.
SELECTION: ZERO TEN. NEXT BEST: BERET ROUGE.