By Luke Keena (@lukekeena1)
After a slightly frustrating day one with one winner, two second and a third, I will have a look ahead to day twos eight race card.
The feature race on day two is the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap. A classy field of eighteen will head to post. If Sirjack Thomas was to get a run he would be my main selection. He was gutsy when winning at the Curragh last time out, despite the ground possibly being on the quick side for him. He won over course and distance at last years festival and the ground has come right for him. If he gets a run the 33/1 is a very big price despite the bad draw.
The race that follows the Galway Mile is the caulfieldindustrial.com Handicap over a mile and half a furlong. I think Maar is massively overpriced at 40/1. Her run at Killarney was a lot better than he finishing position suggested. She was quiet keen in the first time visor and looked to have a lot of her rivals in trouble turning in before emptying up the straight. She drops down three furlongs in trip which could be the key to her. She was an impressive winner of her Maiden in Dundalk before the wheels slightly came off on her next three runs in better company. The ground would be a slight worry but I think she can get out the stalls quick and be on the pace from her good draw. I think she can outrun her odds and go close.
My strongest selection runs in the Caulfield Industrial Handicap over the mile. Adapt To Dan makes plenty of appeal. He finished full of running at Fairyhouse when he got no luck up the straight. Prior to that he made all the running to beat Tipperary Moon at Bellewstown. He has a great draw in stall one and I think Joey will make plenty of use of him early, utilizing the good draw. He has shown in the past a liking for slow ground and I think he will go very close with Joey Sheridan in the saddle.
The final on the card is the Latin Quarter Handicap over two miles. I’m going to take a chance on Stellify at a massive price of 33/1. Two things she wants in a race is a good stamina test and soft ground, she will get both here. Her form on good ground compared to slow ground is like chalk and cheese, she has a high knee action and really enjoys the slow ground. She was third at Galway at the October meeting last October on heavy ground. She tries two miles for the first time and I think that could bring out more improvement . Cian MacRedmond is great value for his seven pounds and gets the leg up.