Ray Flanagan with Saturday selections
Time moves on to the month of August and the tail-end of the Galway and Goodwood festivals. A few for an interest on a busy day of racing.
Goodwood 2.25- Shailene
Not established at fourteen furlongs but ran respectably in this contest last year on his sole attempt at the distance. Shaped with encouragement in listed contest at Newbury last time and might be worth chancing here in the hope he is a year stronger this season and perhaps better able for longer trips.
Our headline selection may benefit from dropping in trip slightly and racing on an easier track today. Ran better than finishing place suggested in the Magnet Cup at York and race could pan out for him here with a couple of likely pacesetters to give him a nice toe into the race.
Galway 3.45-Yafordadoe and Sirjack Thomas
Yafordadoe deserves credit for winning at Galway last October from stall 19- something which is always deemed a big disadvantage. That indicated he is a progressive sort well ahead of the assessor andcould resume in a winning fashion on return to the level here.
SirJack Thomas has run well on a few occasions in slightly stronger company than this. Everything needs to fall right for him but trainer Ado McGuinness likes having winners around Ballybrit and could be in the shake up.
Galway 4.15-Magic Chegaga
Could be one for Galway specialist- the master of Rosewell Hourse Dermot K Weld. Looks well handicapped on basis of good maiden effort behind Lynn Britt Cabin.
Galway 5.15-Melburnian- W/O Princess Zoe
Melburnian won in the style of a good horse in the Leopardstown November Handicap evoking memories of the stable’s Ebor winner Heartbreak City. Only rated 84 yet Martin may have to wait another year before heading to York with this one but could well be a future Ebor horse and interesting here.
1 pt ew- Shailene-2.25 Goodwood-12-1 General
1.5 pts ew- Anythingtoday-5.10 Goodwood-14-1 General- 4 places
2 pts ew-Yafordadoe-3.45 Galway- 5-1 Betfred
1 pt ew- SirJack Thomas-3.45 Galway-9-1 General
1 pt win-Magic Chegaga-4.15 Galway-8-1 General
1.5 pts ew-Melburnian-4.45 Galway-5-1 W/O Princess Zoe-P Power