Ray Flanagan previews Day 3 of the Galway Festival where the feature of the day is the Galway Plate.
This is where my interest in Horse Racing all began going to the Galway Plate with my father as a young boy. I am trying to think what was the first Plate I attended, it may have been the 1989 renewal won by Bold Flyer.
An interesting day’s racing and hopefully a few winners can be found.
Galway 4.10- Rightdownthemiddle
A slow enough horse but has been running well on the flat and over fences recently and now tries his luck over hurdles where he was last seen back in the spring of 2015. He competed in some very good handicaps back then not disgraced in the Boyle Sports at Leopardstown prior to winning at Fairyhouse where he beat a decent horse in Jimmytwotimes. He caught the eye at Ballinrobe last week (Ballinrobe form has been really upheld here this week- Swamp Fox and Motherland) on the flat and holds as good of chance as any in an open contest.
Galway 5.30- Road TO Riches, Killer Crow and Shantou Flyer
A cracking renewal of the Galway Plate. High class Grade One Chasers have a fine record off top weight in handicaps ( think Desert Orchid, Tidal Bay , Denman, Synchronised to name a few) and Road To Riches can continue the trend by landing his second Plate this afternoon. He appears to be a better horse now than when winning two years ago and his effort behind Vautour in the Ryanair Chase was a top class one. I expect him to sit second behind Junction Fourteen throughout, the pair spread-eagling the field and hopefully Noel Meade’s charge can outstay his rival up the final stretch.
I still wish to have some further interest and there may be some value in the without favourite.
Killer Crow has to come into the reckoning on the basis of a fine second to subsequent Cheltenham winner Empire of Dirt at Leopardstown last Christmas, while Shantou Flyer very much fits the profile of recent winners and ran an excellent trial at Down Royal recently.
Galway 6.05- Emperor Bob
Hoping Ballinrobe form can come through again. This lad was a big eyecatcher recently at the Co Mayo venue and has fairly dropped in the weights since running third to Sacrificial at this meeting last year. He could pounce under Wayne Lordan.
Galway 6.40-Aspen Mountain
Lordan can follow up with Aspen Mountain. The dam’s side of the pedigree suggests he can cope with soft ground and this lad has claims as the form horse by virtue of two good efforts at The Curragh and Killaerney this year.
Across the sea I have not looked in any great depth, but perhaps The Cashel Man will improve for stepping up in trip in the opener while The Warrior might exploit a favourable mark in the concluding contest.
1 pt ew-Righdownthemiddle-4.10 Galway-25-1 Sky Bet
3 pts win-Road To Riches 5.30 Galway-9-2 General
1 pt ew-Killer Crow-5.30 Galway-16-1 5 places bet 365
1 pt ew-Shantou Flyer-5.30 Galway-14-1 5 places-bet 365
0.5 pts win Killer Crow- W/O Road top Riches-10-1 Paddy Power
0.5 pts win Shantou Flyer-W/O Road To Riches-8-1 P Power
1.5 pts ew-Emperor Bob-6.05 Galway-12-1 Bet Victor
2 pts win-Aspen Mountain-6.40 Galway-5-2 General
0.5 pts win-The Cashel Man-2.00 Goodwood-5-1 General
0.5 pts win-The Warrior -5.25 Goodwood-16-1 General