After an exciting Galway Hurdle day I write this from a lively train from Galway to Dublin. Friday’s card gets underway with the Guinness Galway Tribes Handicap Hurdle over two miles. Kerosin returns to hurdles for the first time since last December when he finished fourth at Limerick in a decent Novice Hurdle contest. Since his run over hurdles he has shown good form on the flat. He won back in June at Navan beating Shakespear’sgalley. I think he is well handicapped over hurdles and can go close at 9/2.
Race two is the James’s Gate Irish EBF Median Auction Maiden over seven furlongs. Alpine Star comes into this race off the back of a good debut. This daughter of Sea The Moon finished third at Leopardstown in July. The first and third have both since come out and won. I think she will is the one to beat at 7/4.
Race three is the Guinness Galway Blazers Handicap Chase over two miles and six furlongs. Mac N Cheese runs for Gavin Cromwell with Breen Kane in the saddle claiming five pounds. This nine year old was last seen winning over hurdles at Bellewstown. Prior to that run he stayed on well to finish fourth in the Connacht National at Roscommon back in June. I think he will go close at 11/1.
Race four is the Guinness Handicap over one mile and a half. Camphor represents the Jessica Harrington team with Shane Foley in the saddle. This daughter of Camelot was very impressive when winning last time out in the Ulster Oaks at Down Royal over one mile and two furlongs. She won off a mark of 79 on that occasion and has been raised up to a mark of 93 now. I think the extra two furlongs will bring more improvement and if it does she will go close at 11/2.