Get the latest thoughts from Danny Mullins on Tote Galway Plate Day 2021.
16:35 - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle - 2m½f
The one I like is Call Me Dolly. She’s won her last two and was a bigger price than she should have been when winning at Sligo but backed up the win at Punchestown nicely. She beat Getaway Queen that day and I don’t see any reason why she should turn the form around. Conor McNamara is back in the plate, back from injury here, and rides plenty of winners for Gavin Cromwell.
The danger would be Powerful Out for John Keily. She only carries 9-13, won her bumper and has had a few good runs over hurdles. The only negative for her is that this is her first run in a handicap and that might make the difference around Galway.
17:10 - Tote+ Placepot Pays More Novice Hurdle (Listed Race) - 2m½f
Dark Voyager runs for Willie and Paul in this. I won on him in Tipperary and got his act together nicely that day. He had a few very good runs early on over hurdles before disappointing over the winter. He seems to have come back a good bit stronger for the summer season and I think he’ll take all the beating here.
Annie G won nicely in Listowel for Henry De Bromhead but I think that form will need to improve. The one I think could be a decent each-way bet here is Ferdia who I won on at Tramore. It was a good performance that day - he came from a little bit off the pace that day and I think the way this race will be run, it could suit him, but they all have to beat Dark Voyager.
17:45 - Tote+ At tote.ie Galway Races Maiden Hurdle - 2m5f
This is an interesting one. Willie has two in here and Paul’s gone for Lasparas who won a bumper in Tramore. He was very impressive that day and is obviously a nice horse who has experience in point-to-points but a run over hurdles is a big advantage and for that reason I’m going to go for Rayapour.
He was well beaten at Ascot in a Flat handicap, finishing 12th but was less than 10l behind so it might not have been as bad a run as it looked. I think 2m5f around here should suit him. He just flattened out on his first start at Kilbeggan but I think he’ll improve for that and could have more to give.
The main danger to the Mullins pair is the Gigginstown horse Desir Du Large. Shane Fitzgerald takes a valuable 7lb off and that could bring him very much into the reckoning here. He had a decent run in Killarney behind Off Your Rocco, so keep an eye on how he runs in the novice hurdle, but I still think he needs to improve to get to Rayapour’s level.
18:15 - Tote Galway Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade A) - 2m6½f
The Shunter seems to be the one all the money is coming for. Emmet had a winner on the first night and the horses seem to be in real good form but for me I think the horse’s jumping needs to improve a fair bit. In Cheltenham I think he would have won a lot further had he jumped the last two fences well, although he was still an impressive winner. Then at Aintree as well he galloped into every fence coming down the straight and I don’t think he’ll be able to get away with that at Galway. There is quite a long run in on the chase course and Simon Torrens might be able to nurse him down over the two in the dip but there are too many question marks for me.
Royal Rendezvous would be my pick in the race. He’s a horse who’s been quite difficult to keep sound and he’s missed a fair bit of time in between runs. Willie has thought about this race for him for some time. He had a good prep run over hurdles at Ballinrobe and this will be his second run over fences since Galway last year. He likes the track, he’ll come up the hill and he’ll be the one for me.
I imagine there will be quite a bit of support for Koshari who gets in off a low weight but again his jumping is going to have to improve. Galway is such a tight track and with jumping being such a big asset round there I think Annamix could be a good each-way bet. He’s a horse who jumps really well, has a lot of experience in 2m chases over the winter and stayed well over 2m5f at Punchestown last time. The trip won’t be an issue and he’s one who could run a big race.
18:45 - Tote+ Biggest Dividends At tote.ie Handicap Hurdle - 2m5f
Dalton Highway is the one here for me. He won nicely the last day in the Curragh on a bit of better ground. Dermot Weld has already had a winner this week and obviously likes a Galway winner. While this one hasn’t ran a over hurdles a whole lot, what he’s done in those few runs has been good. He won a decent handicap in Leopardstown a couple of Christmases back and ran well in a Pertemps qualifier this year. He stays well and while he’s a fairly high weight I think he could be one to take a bit of beating here.
Klassy Kay won nicely in Wexford the last day but a 10lb penalty might have the handicapper catching up with her here.
19:15 - Tote+ Proud Sponsor of The Galway Races Handicap Chase - 2m2f
This is a competitive race and Henry De Bromhead does very well with his 2m chasers. He’s a man who will have them very well schooled and saddles plenty of runners in here. I think he has a good chance of getting the winner. The one I like is Tiger Voice. He won nicely the last day in Punchestown and he won over this course and distance back in last September and that’s always a good asset around Galway.
There are plenty of others with chances but the one that interests me is the first reserve - Grange Walk for John Ryan, who has had a fantastic summer. I won on this horse the last day in Limerick and I think off a mark of 116, it’s a very fair mark for him. He jumps quite well and if he were to get in I think he’s a good each-way bet.
19:45 - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares INH Flat Race - 2m½f
Willie has two in here and Jodie Townend takes the ride on Memorable Daise. She was a bit disappointing in Ballinrobe the last day, so she’d have to leave that behind her. For whatever reason she didn’t run up to her first run at Tramore. If she can get back to her first run, you’d give her a chance of winning but the fact that Patrick Mullins has gone for Mary Meehan is interesting.
She was also very disappointing on her first run but has since switched stables and the vibes seem to be positive enough on her homework. I think she’s the one they’ll all have to beat.
Another one in the race for a shrewd stable would be Getaway Rua for John Queally. David Keilly takes the ride and she had an OK run the first day in a decent Punchestown bumper back in May. If she can improve on that she could be the one to give Mary Meehan plenty to think about.
20:15 - Tote+ Pays You More at tote.ie INH Flat Race - 2m½f
Willie has two in here again, but Patrick doesn’t ride either of them which is a tip in itself. Merlin Giant is the one Patrick rides for Emmet Mullins. He had a good run in Punchestown and the first two home were nice horses. I think that race sets a fair standard of form. I have to go with Merlin Giant here.
Derracrin’s third in Cork got a nice a boost when the second, High Stranger, bolted up in Limerick. With Jody Townend’s 5lb claim, Derracrin will be giving him plenty to think about.