We’ve reached day six here in Galway, where the midweek revellers give way to the weekend arrivals, joining the party alongside some weary looking seven day stalwarts.
It really is a marathon run at sprint pace, with the city’s famous hospitality being dished out at full tilt.
Anyone heading to Ballybrit on Saturday can look forward to really attractive mixed card, which enjoyed while being washed down with some rehydrating refreshments will make for a great afternoon.
Three recommendations for a wager could really help the day go with a bang, and we’ll kick off with Tony Martin’s progressive dual purpose performer Pyromaniac in the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle at 3.15pm.
This lad missed out on a place in Thursday’s Galway Hurdle by the width of a fine coat of paint, failing to make the cut for the big one.
It will have frustrated Martin at the time, but in fact could turn out to have been a blessing in disguise, as compensation may well await.
Besides, Martin had a 1-3 courtesy of Quick Jack and Ted Veale, and might even have improved on that had Thomas Edison not come down at the last.
This gives him a golden opportunity of another winner at a meeting he has increasingly targeted, following on from Quick Jack on Thursday and Vive La France yesterday.
Pyromaniac benefits from the services of Galway Hurdle winning jockey Denis O’Regan, plus he was in winning form of late both on the Flat and over hurdles, scoring at both Limerick and the Curragh.
He looks well equipped to go close here, copes with any ground, and looks a solid option at 5/1 with either Coral or William Hill.
We’ll switch to the Flat at 4.25pm, with Curragh trainer Brendan Duke’s Leath Na Hoibre the pick to land the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nursery.
He hacked up at the Curragh on July 19th, with a subsequent six pound rise to a mark of 86 unlikely to be enough to stop him if he turns up in the same mood.
He can also improve further for a step up in trip to seven furlongs.
Lastly, row in with Another Cyclone to land the concluding bumper in the hands of Patrick Mullins at 6.05pm.
Scratched from a race on Monday he can make the wait worthwhile, building on a solid debut at Fairyhouse in April.
Saturday’s best bets at Galway:
4.25 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nursery – 4 Leath No Hoibre (win) @ 3/1 (bet365 or Coral)
6.05 – Ladbrokes “Your Sport Your Way”” INH Flat Race – 9 Another Cyclone (win) @ 9/4 (bet365 or Paddy Power)Posted 2 years, 11 months ago