By Luke Keena (@lukekeena1)
After a very successful week at Galway, the blog posts returning 256.67 profit for a five euro win on each selection with six winners from twenty four selections, another six in the placings, I have a look through the card on the last day of the Galway races.
The opening race on the card is the Kenny Galway Volvo Handicap over a mile. I like the chances of the Tony Martin trained runner, Noble Seal. When last seen he was narrowly denied at Tipperary when the winner got first run on him. Prior to that he finished fifth at Leopardstown before being disqualified for weighing in light. I think his mark of 69 is fair and I think he will go very close with Ronan Whelan in the saddle.
The third race on the card is the Ardilaun Hotel Handicap over seven furlongs. Li Mu Bai makes a quick reappearance after his run earlier in the week and I think connections will reap the rewards. He was narrowly denied on Monday in a similar race. Three of the first five ran on Saturday in the same race and filled three of the first four home. He is a horse on the up and I think there might be more to come. Gavin Cromwell had a winner on Saturday and I think he could have another Galway winner here at 7/2.
The feature race is the Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Ahonoora’ Handicap. This race was won by Current Option last year and I think he could win back to back renewals. He ran a cracker in the Mile on Tuesday considering he probably doesn’t quite get the mile, I think he is a seven furlongs specialist and his form would back that up. He carried 9st7lb to victory last year and he will carry that weight again with Cian MacRedmond claiming seven pounds. Prior to his run earlier in the week, he ran very well in a Group 2 at the Curragh when he raced a bit too keen to do himself justice. Like many of the McGuinness trained runners, he has a liking for Galway. He is the class horse in the race and I think he will go very close.
My final selection of the week runs in the Fr.Breen Memorial Handicap over an extended mile and five furlongs. I like the Gavin Cromwell representative, Five Helmets. He showed ability over hurdles in March winning two races. He then ran at Punchestown when the hurdles more so got in his way and didn’t jump with and fluency. He has since had a break and had a prep race at Navan on the 3rd of July. There have been some horses from the yard well punted on early in the week like Brides Hill and I think this lad could be well supported in the market too. I think he has ability and can go close off a mark of 75 at a price of 12/1.