Five selections for Day Six of the Galway Festival

By Luke

Racing on Saturday gets underway with the O’Leary Insurances Maiden Hurdle over two miles and half a furlong. Exit Poll brings some smart bumper form into the race. He has never been out of the placing in his three runs to date. He was last seen winning a bumper over Christmas at Leopardstown. Prior to that he finished second at the festival last year behind Zero Ten. I think he brings in very strong bumper form and if he can be as effective over hurdles he will go close at 3/1.

Race two is the Galway Shopping Centre Handicap Hurdle over two miles and six furlongs. This race looks very tricky with twenty runners heading to post. The horse I think can crack the puzzle is Contingency for the inform trainer Willie Mullins. She was last seen winning over fences at Tramore in June winning easily. Prior to that she ran a Cracking race to finish second behind Mr Adjudicator at Punchestown over hurdles. She has course form having won a Mares Hurdle in September of 2017. I think she is capable of competing off her mark of 128 and hopefully can go close at 6/1.

Race four is the Galway Shopping Centre Maiden over one mile. Time Tunnel runs for Dermot Weld and Oisin Orr takes the ride. This daughter of Invincible Spirit enjoyed making the running last time out when only beaten half a length at Killarney. The winner of that race, Tauren Shaman has since won earlier in the week off a mark of 90. I think Time Tunnel is good enough to win a maiden and this looks a good opportunity. She is drawn in stall three which will suit if deploying front running tactics. I think she will be hard to beat at 15/8.

Race six is the Ardiluan Hotel Handicap over seven furlongs. Johnny Murtagh has hit the crossbar twice this week with a second and third, I think he will have a change of luck with Angels. While you have to go back forthy five runners to find his last winner I think Angels will go well. This daughter of Dark Angel has been hitting the crossbars of late finishing third on three of her last four starts, the other occasion she was second. She was last seen finishing third behind Koybig and Minnie Haha. Koybig has since finished fourth at Galway and Minnie Haha won well at Gowran. I think she is on a winnable mark and can go close at 6/1.

My last selection comes in Race seven, the McDonogh Capital Investments Handicap over one mile and three furlongs. King Pellinor steps into Handicap company for the first time for Aidan and Donnacha O’Brien. This son of Camelot was last seen finishing third behind the inform Trossachs at Limerick. Trossachs has since won twice. I think from stall four he can go close at 7/1.

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