Preview of Day Three of the Galway Festival

By Luke

The feature race of the week is the Galway Plate over two miles and six furlongs. This years renewal has a quality field declared with twenty two runners heading to post. It will be interesting to see Yorkhill running on the right handed track. Everyone can recall when he threw away the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase back in 2017. Since then he hasn’t been in great form, but it will be interesting to see how he gets on.

Gordon runs five including favourite, Borice. He was last seen in England winning by wide margins on two occasions. He gets in off a light weight and is the worthy favourite. Barra represents last years winning connections of Gigginstown with Mark Enright in the saddle. She was last seen falling at Kilbeggan when leading at the last fence. If that fall hasn’t left its mark she could run well. Gordon is also represented by Mengli Khan, Ravenhill and A Toi Phil. 

Willie Mullins runs three. Pylonthepressure gets into the race after two withdrawals. He was last seen finishing second behind the inform Peregrine Run who lines up again. The Peter Fahey trained horse has enjoyed racing this summer getting five wins in a row. Willie Mullins is also represented by Pravalaguna and the aforementioned Yorkhill.

The horse I like is Poker Party for Henry De Bromhead with Rachael Blackmore in the saddle. He done well last year picking up two handicap chases at Naas. He also was placed twice against good opposition. He gets in off a low weight off ten stone and four pounds and I think he will go close at 16/1.

Race two is off at 5:40 over two miles and five furlongs. Megalomaniac has been in good form of late winning over hurdles and fences. On his penultimate start he won over hurdles at Clonmel, he won by three and three quarter lengths with a further nine and a half lengths back to the third. I think there is still more to come and he can go close at 4/1.

Race three is off at 6:10 and is run over two miles. Miss Sassie runs for Paul Nolan with Bryan Cooper in the saddle. She was last seen running well in Kilbeggan in the Galway Plate Trial when finishing a close fourth. She is rated 122 over fences and runs off her lower mark of 106 over hurdles. I think she will go close at 12/1.

Race six is off at 8:00 over one mile and a half furlong. Frosty Beach was last seen winning at Naas over a mile. That was her first run over a mile since her debut in 2018 and it brought out the best in her. This daughter of Footstepsinthesand finished off strongly to win at Naas. I think the stiff finish will suit and I think if she can overcome the draw she will go close at 4/1.



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