Ray Flanagan with Sunday Galway selections
thought for the day: After today I might take a wee break from horse racing and punting for a while; perhaps until York.
Galway 2.50- Champagne Harmony
Has to put behind a series of poor efforts over fences but they were all in pretty hot company and may benefit to reverting to hurdles at more his own level today. When last seen over hurdles he was not far off decent yardsticks such as Bel Sas and there was nothing wrong with his chasing form initially. Paul Townend a noteworthy booking and could go well at a price for local yard.
Galway 3.55- Tresorier
The Ahanoora Handicap.
Tresorier is yet to really make a significant impact since moving over from France, but definite improvement on most recent start at Killarney where finished third behind Beach Bar who was the subject of an enterprising ride on the day. His earlier Irish debut at Leopardstown was somewhat eye-catching and no forlorn hope today with low draw and dig in the ground both in his favour.
Galway 5.00- Blast Of Koeman
Strong travelling type who could be suited to this undulating track. Series of good efforts in decent handicap chases last winter/spring and unlucky at Punchestown where last fence blunder cost him the race. Track and trip could be ideal and comes here a fresh horse.
Galway 5.30- Here For The Craic
Selecting 11-year olds in flat handicaps would not be my normal strategy but has there been anything normal about the results at Galway this week. Nicely handicapped on pick of last years efforts which included a close second to Three Kingdoms at The Curragh and held his form pretty well at Dundalk over the winter. Has taken while to warm up since returning to the turf but handicap mark dropping and nothing wrong with recent effort behind Batts Rock. Hard to be confident but might be the value of the race.
1 pt ew-Champagne Harmony-2.50 Galway-16-1 General
1 pt ew-Tresorier-3.55 Galway-12-1 General
1.5 pts ew-Blast Of Koeman-4.30 Galway-7-1 General
1.5 pts ew-Here For The Craic-5.30 Galway-14-1 P Power-5 places.
Hurling Man of Match- 1 pt Padraic Mannion-12-1 P Power