Having put up the opening winner of the Galway Festival, Danny Mullins is back to find some more winners at Ballybrit.
16:35 - Caulfield Industrial Irish EBF Maiden - 7f
The two that would probably take the beating here are Moving The Gold for Fozzy Stack and Emilie Gray for Dermot Weld. Both have handicap experience, which is always an asset in a maiden in Galway. That experience to get an early position should bring them ahead of a lot of these barring something very exciting lining up. Both of them are rated 77, but the fact Emilie Gray gets the 5lb fillies allowance, you’d have to go with her. Dermot Weld loves having winners in Galway and this is another one who could do the job for him.
17:10 - COLM QUINN BMW Irish EBF Fillies Maiden (IRE Incentive Race) - 7f
I’m most drawn to Dermot Weld’s runner here again. Radiyka had a good run in Leopardstown a couple of weeks back. He was a big price that day, sent off at 18/1 and I’d say they’ve put him away with a crack of this race in mind. There are plenty of other first time runners where I suppose the market would give you a better indication of their chance. I’d say Twinkle is the most likely danger, for all that he was slightly disappointing on debut at Leopardstown.
17:45 - COLM QUINN BMW Irish EBF Corrib Fillies & Mares Stakes (Listed Race) - 7f
This is a competitive race, where plenty of these fillies will be chasing a bit of black type for themselves. Dermot Weld provides the favourite again for himself and Colin Keane with Emaniya, but the one I’d go with here is Friendly for Aidan O’Brien. She’s run in a couple of handicaps this year and has a fairly high rating of 101. She won nicely in Bellewstown earlier in the year and could be one to put it up to the favourite. They are both drawn fairly high which is not ideal over 7f around here, but I think she can come out on top in a battle with Emaniya.
18:15 - COLM QUINN BMW Mile Handicap (Premier Handicap) - 1m½f
This is the big mile handicap of the week and looks competitive as ever. Ado McGuinness has done well in the race in the last couple of years and will be doing his best to take it again, evidenced by the fact he’s got five runners in the field. He’ll do well to have one of them win with the form they are in. He’s a sharp trainer and I’m sure he’ll be able to get them back. Njord was unlucky last year to be caught late on. He’s climbed the handicap since and has Scott McCullogh taking 5lbs off here which probably brings him back into the reckoning somewhat. However, the one I think everyone is going to have their eye on is Mazagran for Joseph O’Brien and Shane Crosse. He bolted up in Limerick recently, having come back from the Middle East, and looks to be the one that’ll take the beating here, but in a competitive race he’s going to be a short enough price.
The one I like at the prices is Soaring Monarch for Peter Fahey and Kevin Manning. He won well the last day and got a nice penalty for it in Roscommon, which he need to get into this race. Reading between the lines, I’d say Peter has put him away to have a crack at this big mile handicap. He showed a liking for this track last year, finishing second twice in 2020, and Peter has had his horses in fantastic form all through the spring and summer. While he’s drawn in stall 21, I won the race myself from a similar draw, and while people often see it as a negative it can often be a positive as you get less traffic on the way around. There can be so many hard luck stories from those drawn near the rail. Soaring Monarch is usually held up and if they go a strong pace early, he’ll be able to close late on, and looks a strong bit of value here.
18:45 - caulfieldindustrial.com Handicap - 1m½f
Another tricky handicap, where Moddy Poddle looks likely to be popular. He won in Gowran the last day with Siobhan Rutledge on board. She’s a good claimer who is making a good name for herself.
The one I like though is Disco Boots, another for Peter Fahey. He won at Killarney a couple of weeks ago and lines up here for his first run in a handicap. This lad fits the bill nicely here, and if Soaring Monarch can win the mile handicap, it’ll give this one a nice boost as it’s likely they’re working together at home. He could be a horse on the up. He had a good run at the Curragh earlier in the year on heavy ground, but got a bit of nicer ground at Killarney and showed a liking for it which gives him a right chance of following that up here in Galway.
19:15 - Caulfield Industrial Handicap (Div I) - 1m½f
Tipperary Moon has been a good second at Bellewstown and Limerick on his last two runs, and was a winner on the all-weather previously. I’d give him a good chance but just wonder if the handicapper has caught up with him. He’s creeping up the weights which is going to make life a little bit more difficult for him.
The one I’d give a chance to is Monzoon for Ross O’Sullivan and Mikey Sheehy. Ross’s horses have been in good form lately, he’s had a couple of winners over jumps recently, and while this lad was perhaps disappointing in Limerick the last day, his Gowran run early in June was a decent effort. With a stiff finish around Galway he can return to that sort of level.
19:45 - Caulfield Industrial Handicap (Div II) - 1m½f
Dance Emperor is another for Peter Fahey here and one who has plenty of previous track form. He won well in Gowran the last day and had won in Navan earlier in July and has shown a liking for Galway previously. While he’s creeping up the handicap and has penalties to shoulder for those wins last year he was staying on very well here when finishing third and I think he could be the one to go with. He looks to be a horse on the up and is still only rated 65, has been in a lot of winning form recently, and with the way the races are run around Galway could find things set up nicely to close late.
20:15 - Latin Quarter Handicap - 2m½f
Crowns Major for Emmet Mullins was a winner of a bumper at the Punchestown Festival, beating one of Willie’s that day and looks a decent horse. Emmet has given him three runs on the flat since, which have got him a nice mark of 76. He looks as good a starting point as any here. He’s drawn 22 but in a race over 2m I don’t think it matters as much as it does over shorter trips.
Going down through the rest of the race, Auckland for Tony Mullins and Joey Sheridan, who have had plenty of luck with greys around Galway in the past, is worth an interest. I rode this fella over hurdles a couple of times and he just maybe lacked a bit of tactical speed to put him in a position to win at Tramore the last day. However, back here off a mark of 74 on the flat he could be a little bit unexposed having not run on the level in Ireland since arriving in Germany. He’s the each-way bet in the race, but has to prove he’s at the level of Crowns Major who sets the standard.