Five selections for Galway Hurdle day at Galway

By Luke Keena (@lukekeena1)

Racing on Galway Hurdle Day gets underway with the Guinness Novice Hurdle over two miles. I like the apparent Willie Mullins second string, Farout. He is lightly raced over hurdles for Mullins since the switch from France. He was very impressive last time out when he sauntered clear to win by fifteen lengths. He has to carry a penalty as a result of that win but I think he might be a different class to these. Tax For Max looks to be very talented but can pull his chance away early in races and if he does so here he could be paddling up the hill. Brian Hayes takes the ride and I think he can get the day off to a flying start.

The third race on the card is the Rockshore Novice Chase over two miles and two furlongs. I like the Henry De Bromhead trained runner, Gin On Lime. She ran some very good races last season over fences but this season she has been flawless, winning three in a row by a combined 62 lengths. She steps in to graded company here but I think she is more than capable of winning at this level. Darragh O’Keefe takes the ride.

The feature race on the card is the Guinness Galway Hurdle over two miles. Éclair De Beaufeu catches my eye. When last seen he was a disappointing favorite at Fairyhouse off the back of his good run in the County Hurdle. He runs off a pound lower mark than the county Hurdle run. He is rated fifteen pound lower over hurdles compared to his Chase mark. He is a talented horse on his day and goes well fresh. Jordan Gainford takes off a very valuable five pounds and I think he will run very well at 20/1.

My nap of the day runs in the Arthur Guinness Handicap Hurdle over two miles. The father, son duo of Phillip and Luke combine with Clonbury Bridge. He has been in great form of late winning and filling the runner up in his last three runs. He got two pounds rise for his run last time and I think that was fair. The winner has since run at Galway and was a very close second. On his penultimate start, Clonbury Bridge was a close second to Schone Aussicht who has since run two very good races, the two pulled well clear of the third. He is a relatively lightly raced five year old and I think there is more to comes. The stiff two miles should suit and I think he will go very close. 

My final selection on the day is Blackstair Rocco in the penultimate race. He has shown vast improvement since switching to handicaps. He was well backed on Handicap debut and he obliged impressively, winning by sixteen lengths. He was last seen finishing second at Tipperary, pulling 32 lengths clear of the third. Mike O’Connor takes a very valuable seven pounds off and the step up to three miles should bring out more improvement. I think he will go very close for inform trainer Emmet Mullins

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