Preview of Day One of the Galway Festival

By Luke 

The 150th year of the Galway Races gets underway with the & Novice Hurdle over two miles. Morosini has two runs over hurdles to his name. He finished second on debut in Ireland at Fairyhouse, he finished behind Way Back Home in a Grade 3 contest over two miles. This son of Martaline was last seen winning at Ballinrobe in May. He finished strongly to get the better of Foveros, I think with the stiffer finish he will be finishing well and can go close at 9/4.

Race two is the Easyfix Handicap Hurdle over two miles with twenty runners heading to post. Volatile Lady has shown ability on her three starts over hurdle to date. After a moderate flat campaign she has seemed a better animal over hurdles. On her hurdles debut she finished second behind the subsequent Grade three winner, Way Back Home. On her second start she finished second again over two miles when Our Legend got the better of her. The third home, Bercasa has since won on the flat and over hurdles. On her most recent outing she finished fourth at Tipperary beaten sixteen lengths. The winner has since won on the flat in England and over hurdles in Wexford. The third home, Nibiru has since won at Ballinrobe. I think she comes into the race in good form with Ricky Doyle claiming five pounds. I think she will outrun her odds of 20/1.

Race four is the handicap over seven furlongs . Engeles Rock comes into this race with good form this season. This son of Excelebration was last seen finishing second at Gowran over one mile and one furlong. The fourth from that race, Lyrical Attraction has since won at Fairyhouse. Prior to that he won at Listowel  when winning by a neck. He has course form from last year when he finished behind subsequent dual Guineas winner, Hermosa. He has a good draw in stall eight and I think he will go close at 8/1.

Race five is the Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap over two miles and one furlong. Legal Spin made a good reappearance when finishing second at the Curragh in a competitive handicap. That was his first run since last October when finishing down the field in the Irish Cesarewitch. He is an improving four year old and is lucky to have Patrick Mullins in the saddle. I think he has a good draw in stall seven and can go close at 8/1.

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