Baba says Boom in the Amateur Handicap

Ray Flanagan with Galway Monday selections

A few selections to start the week at Galway- all potentially well handicapped

Galway 5.55-Dumhach Thra

Impressive winner of a Tramore bumper which augers well for handling this track. Has not troubled the judge in three maiden hurdles but shaped pretty well for a long way in hot novice event won by Milan Native at Fairyhouse in February. Comes here on the back of pipe opener on the flat at The Curragh and could hold a leading chance.

Galway 7.05- Engles Rock

Sligo horse Engles Rock boasts decent course form by virtue of her second to Hermosa at this fixture twelve months ago. She was impressive on seasonal debut at Listowel and ran another good race next time at Gowran. Another furlong might be preferable but stiff uphill finish could bring her stamina into play.

Galway 7.40-Baba Boom

Mr Adjudicator is potentially thrown in on his hurdles form but he looks a shade too short on balance. Better can be expected from Legal Spin while the solid option is probably Mr Everest.

Nonetheless I am going to take a stab in the dark on Baba Boom to trump them all. He has not raced in a full year and has no form at this distance- yet he was seriously impressive in the 12 furlong handicap on the corresponding card last season and it is just possible he can prove a class apart with trainer Murtagh reporting the horse in good form.

Galway 8.10- Istoria

Interesting race although the defection of the Weld horse will tighten the market. I like the look of Istoria however the representative of John Joe Murphy. The daughter of Camelot was a fine third on debut at Cork in May and shaped ok in another decent maiden afterwards at Navan. She was a bit disappointing at The Curragh last week, but viewers will note that was a mediocre effort on the back of a six week break which is not uncommon for horses from these quarters.

I expect much better this evening and could well be laid out for this by the bould John Joe.

Recommended Bets

2 pts win- Dunhach Thra-5.55 Galway-7-1 General

1 pt win- Engles Rock-7.05 Galway-5-1 General

1 pt win-Baba Boom-7.40 Galway-14-1 William Hill

1 pt win-Baba Boom-7.40 Galway- W/O-Mr Adjudicator and Mr Everest-17-2 William Hill

1 pt ew-Istoria-8.10 Galway-10-1 William Hill

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