Riven Light to Shine in Galway Hurdle

By Luke

The feature race on day four is the Guineas Galway Hurdle Handicap over two miles. Riven Light returns to hurdles for the first time since the Punchestown Festival back in 2017. He finished second in a Novice Hurdle beaten a neck. Since then he has shown his class on the flat reaching a mark of 112 after winning the Colm Quinn BMW Mile at last years festival. Since last season he has finished second in a Listed race at the Curragh beaten a short-head. I think if he can jump well he will go close at 10/1.

Race one is the Guinness Beginners Chase over two miles and six furlongs. Early Doors turns his hand to fences after spending two seasons over hurdles. He was last seen winning the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham when finishing strongly over two and a half miles. Prior to that he was a distant second in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown. If he can take to fences I think he will be hard to beat at 10/11.

Race two is the Guinness Open Gate Brewery Novice Chase over two miles and two furlongs. Wicklow Brave made a smart start to life over fences when winning at Ballinrobe easily. While the one and half lengths back to the second may not seem far, it was the way he went by, effortlessly cruising to the lead. He is a former classic winner, winning the Irish St.Ledger back in 2016. He is now ten but I think he has a class edge on the field and will be hard to beat at 15/8.

Race three is the Rockshore Handicap over a mile. Koybig comes into this race off the back of a win at Killarney. He was raised five pounds for the win and runs off a mark of 76. He has previously won off a mark of 80 and has a good draw in stall six. I think he will go close with Donagh O’Connor in the saddle at 17/2.

Race four is the Arthur Guinness Irish EBF Corrib Fillies Stakes over seven furlongs. Fire Fly was last seen finishing sixth at Fairyhouse behind the favourite, Surrounding. I think she is better than her positions suggests. She was slow out of the gates and also hadn’t a clear run in the straight. She wasn’t beaten far and now receives three more pounds off Surrounding then when racing at Fairyhouse. I think she will outrun her odds of 14/1.

Race five is the Guinness Novice Hurdle over two and a half miles. Doctor Duffy brings strong form into the race. He was last seen finishing a close second behind the inform Peregrine Run, beaten three quarters of a length at Cork. Prior to that he was unbeaten over hurdles winning two races in a row. I think with Davy Russell in the saddle he will go close at 6/4.

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