Date of Tips: 27/07/2020
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Seven days at Galway and five days at Glorious Goodwood – it is the mid-summer racing feast that keeps on giving and seems to last forever. Certainly, the usual festivities at Galway usually feel like they last forever if you are lucky enough to be in attendance. Obviously, that is not the case this year, but it is a racing week to savour nonetheless.
Kicking things off on Monday, we have the usual mix of fiendish handicaps and competitive maiden events that Galway so often serves up. The first look at hitting the mark comes in the second race on the card, the 7f handicap for three-year-olds at 4.40. The 7f trip at Galway is one that is usually quite heavily draw dependant, as you are constantly on the turn, so in order to win from a wide stall you either need huge luck in running, for the leaders to go hell for leather, or be much superior to the opposition – or a combination of all three!
Eglish at 12/1 generally is the first each-way selection, to confirm the promise of all three of her runs so far since the resumption. Hugely progressive on the all-weather in the winter, she has translated that improvement to turf, and now has her favourite trip of 7f to encounter for the first time this season. She was a massive eyecatcher from a really unfavourable draw last time over 6f at Naas, and the only worry for her would be if the ground went very soft after the forecast overnight rain. But it should be fairly fresh ground, and she has handled yielding well before.
The other each-way bet in the race is the twice raced Kourvoisier, who at 12/1 also. She was not sighted on debut, but was drawn away from the action on that occasion, and then ran an extraordinary race at Sligo over shorter when winning at 80/1. She has the look of a filly that will devour the stiff finish and the extra distance on this occasion.
Next up are two divisions of an older horse 7f handicap, and it is in the second division at 5.45 that I think there is another decent bet. That comes in the shape of Qaabil, who at 10/1 with Paddy Power is worth backing in the hope that the first-time cheekpieces improve him.
Three runs for Peter Fahey have been progressive, admittedly in a quiet fashion, but the last two attempts at Leopardstown have definitely hinted of more to come. With a decent draw here, and the aid of cheekpieces, hopefully Oisin Orr can obtain a good position and then finish off his race in a similar manner to his last two starts.
The feature of day one is the Amateur Riders’ Handicap over 2m1f at 6.45, and it is invariably a very decent event. This year’s renewal is no different, as it draws together a mix of high-quality jumps horses and well treated and/or progressive staying flat handicappers.
The presence of Grade 1 winning hurdler Sharjah and recent impressive Curragh winner Princess Zoe has meant that there are one or two horses who look ideally suited the nature of this race at much bigger prices than I had envisaged.
Dalton Highway was mightily impressive winner of a similar race at the Curragh a month ago, in a good time, and he rates a solid chance to go one better than second in this race last year at 10/1 each-way with BetVictor.
The other bet in the race is one of three Joseph O’Brien trained horses in the race, and while all three have chances, it is proven stayer Grandmaster Flash that I believe holds the best chance to outrun his generous odds of 18/1 with BetVictor and William Hill.
He stayed on to good effect in third behind leading Cesarewitch hope Lynwood Gold over two furlongs shorter at the Curragh last time, and if he builds on that run, he won’t have much to find with the principles here.