By Luke Keena (@lukekeena1)
After two winners yesterday, I have three selections that can hopefully go close on the penultimate day of racing at Galway.
My NAP on the day, Barud runs in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nursery Handicap over seven furlongs. He ran a very encouraging debut at the Curragh when finishing third to Pinar Del Rio and Thunder Eclipse. He has since run two ok races finishing around midfield each time not beaten too far. The blinkers are reached for now and I think they could have a very positive effect on him. They will keep him concentrated. I think he is better than his mark of 85 and can go very close at 5/2.
In the penultimate race, I like the sole three year old runner, Iowa for Aidan O’Brien. He comes into the race after some very good runs. He was last seen running at Down Royal where he finished fourth in a competitive Listed Race. Prior to that he was second at Leopardstown to an improving horse and won the Ulster Derby before that. I think he is a horse on the up and he gets the huge weight pull for being a three year old. I think he is a horse who will be better than a handicapper and I think he can go very close with Wayne Lordan in the saddle.
The final race on the card is the McDonogh Capital Investments Handicap. I like the Andrew Kinirons trained runner, We’ll Go Again. He has been running very consistently over hurdles and on the flat recently. He ran a cracking race to finish a head second at the October meeting, just not reeling in the winner at the line. The mile and a half should suit and I think he will go very close with Billy Lee in the saddle.