It is Decision Time at Galway

Ray Flanagan with Galway Monday selections

thought for the day: Kudos to bet 365 for their excellent extra markets including betting each-way without “two ” in a race. Now that is a fair bookie

Koeman (11-2 ) was a winner on Saturday while Chessman (16-1) landed the each way money.

The start of the 2018 Galway festival and no surprise despite all the warm weather to see the word soft in the going description.

Galway 5.55- Kellyiscool and Motcomb Street

Kellyiscool has shaped with reasonable promise to date in three maiden events and might be able to take a step forward today. He made headway from off the pace behind the useful Kuraka at Limerick and gave me the impression that the handbrake was not fully been let down at Tipperary last time. Connections may have this race in mind and I am interested in this horse.

Motcomb Street is a possible danger. Local trainer Shark Hanlon will have targeted this meeting and this horse has displayed some fair form in maiden company last autumn. Jockey Rachel Blackmore is riding well and has a good record around here.

Galway 7.40- W/O- (Limini and Chelkar); Decision Time and La Vagabond

The great man Mullins holds a strong hand and no surprise if has laid out Limini to give son Patrick a first success in this race.

I am happy to play with bet 365 though in the “without two” market.

Decision Time represents octogenarian handler John Kiely who has enjoyed success at this venue with Carlingford Lough in recent times. For those of you who like trends, she boasts a remarkably similar profile to Swamp Fox who won here two years ago. Like that horse she shaped with promise at the previous years festival in the 12 furlong maiden and she also scooted up recently at Ballinrobe something which the Fox did also prior to taking this. On pedigree the extra distance should suit and only for Mullins has such a strong hand you would fancy this improving mare to win.

La Vagabond might outrun his odds. He has struggled on quick ground this summer but has plenty of good form on softer terrain. He ran well in the Petingo at Leopardstown last season and was third to Whiskey Sour on the Galway Friday 12 months ago.

Galway 8.10-Imrana and Nibiru

Dermot Weld had a quiet Galway in 2017 and he may be seeking to restore normal order this time. His Imrana looks a likely one. She won in maiden company at Limerick last time shaping like a staying middle distance type and with conditions testing plenty of stamina will be needed for these three-year olds.

Nibiru is interesting at bigger odds. He was not beaten far against the likes of Flag Of Honour and Hazapour in a Leopardstown maiden and while some stamina doubts exist there is staying prowess on the dam’s side. Surprisingly big odds given his juvenile form.

Recommended Bets

1 pt ew-Kellyiscool-5.55 Galway-16-1 SkyBet-5 places

0.5 pts win-Motcomb Street-5.55 Galway-8-1 General

1.5 pts ew-Decision Time-7.40 Galway-14-1 bet 365- W/O Limini and Chelkar

0.5 pts ew-La Vagabond-7.40 Galway-18-1 bet 365-W/o Limini and Chelkar

2 pts win-Imrana-8.10 Galway-3-1 General

0.75 pts ew-Nibiru-8.10 Galway-25-1 General

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