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31st Jul 2018

Galway Races: Day 2 runners and riders

Michael Corry

The longest week of the racing year is underway at the Galway Races in Ballybrit. Hundreds of thousands are expected through the turnstiles to enjoy all 52 races spread over the seven-day festival.

The big story of the first day was legendary Jockey Ruby Walsh’s return to form as he claimed his first victory in nine months following a broken leg. 

Day two gets underway on Tuesday with seven races on show for spectators. If it is going to be anything like Monday’s event, we are in for a treat.

First of all, the GOING ahead of today’s races as told by Horse Racing Ireland: Following a further 9mm of rain this morning the ground is Yielding (NH) and Soft (Flat). Currently raining but to clear by lunchtime.

17:20 The COLM QUINN BMW Novice Hurdle (Listed)

The first race of the day is the Castlegar Novice Hurdle, sponsored by Colm Quinn of BMW. The race is 2m 110yds in length, with the prize money set at EUR40,000 for 1st place. There are 6 six runners in the race with the early betting favourite being Exchange Rate at 11/8, Pakora which is in at 5/2 is also predicted to do well. Both horses are trained by Willie Mullins, with Ruby Walsh riding Exhange Rate whilst Paul Townsend will be leading Pakora.

17:55 The Latin Quarter Beginners Steeplechase

The action then turns towards the Latin Quarter Steeplechase where 15 horses will race in the 2m 2f 54yds run where 1st place is set to take home a nice purse of EUR17,000. Joseph Patrick O’Brien trains early favourite, French horse Chateau Conti which will have J.J. Slevin directing it. At a price of 8/1, Gusty Rocky is expected to be a great each-way bet. The Jody McGarvey ridden horse placed second at Killarney two weeks ago and has previously won over the same distance.

If you are looking for an outside bet, look no further than 20/1 shot Successor, trained by O’Brien, owned by J.P McManus, and ridden by Barry Geraghty. A little each way bet may come up trumps.

18:25 The COLM QUINN BMW Irish EBF Fillies Maiden

For all you racing novices out there a Filly is a female horse too young to be called a Mare, which means all of these horses are under four-years-old. Not hard to imagine who the favourite is here, Hermosa at 13/8 is the clear favourite. It is very much a family affair with this horse, trained by multiple champion trainer A.P O’Brien and the jockey on board is his son Donnacha.

A possible outside bet on this race could be the 16/1 shot Engles Rock, which is owned by the Ace Bloodstock Partnership. The horse has two, second place finishes in it’s last four outings, which means an each-way punt shouldn’t be ruled out.

19:05 The Caulfield Industrial Irish EBF Maiden

The seven furlong race has a jackpot prize of EUR17,500 and experts are saying that Would Be King looks primed and ready to romp home at 11/8. The Ger Lyons trained horse has placed second, twice in its last three rides making it the form participant going into the fourth race of the day.

The Michael O’Callaghan trained Raeseeya might be worth an each-way punt at 10/1 given that it has placed in its previous two races.

19:40 The COLM QUINN BMW Mile Handicap

The Galway Mile (sponsored by Colm Quinn BMW) is 1m 123yds and is the showpiece event of the day with a whopping EUR120,000 jackpot for the winner. The race is full to the max with 18 Jockeys gunning for victory. Riven Light, trained by the legendary Willie Mullins won this race in 2017 and is sitting at a tempting 10/1 to repeat the feat. Having won three of its last six races, it is hard to back against jockey Danny Mullins (Willie’s nephew) and Riven Light.

Geological and Have A Nice Day look like two lovely each-way bets at 25/1 and 33/1 respectively, given the fact that both horses have won over the same distance before.

20:10 The Caulfield Industrial Handicap

The 1m 123yds race has the maximum 18 runners today and looks like an extremely tough one to call with six runners in particular feeling they are favourite to collect the EUR17,000 prize money. The smart bet would be to back last years winner Serefeli. The Peter Fahey trained horse currently sits at 7/1 and will be expected to place at least.

With a second, third and second placing in the last three outings, as well as having won over the same distance before. A decent outside bet would be Shane Foley and Try Again at 12/1.

20:40 The Handicap

The final race of the day sees 16 runners battle it out over seven furlongs for the EUR17,000 jackpot. Beau Satchel is the favourite at 9/2. Not surprising given the fact that the Adrian McGuinness trained horse has won the same race a few years back and is coming off the back of a win at Dundalk two weeks ago.

W.J. Lee and Honor Oak is a fantastic outside bet at 16/1 given the fact that the Tom Hogan trained horse has won over this distance in the past as well as having won at this course.

So there you have it. Our run-down of day two at the Galway Races. Remember to bet responsibly, drink responsibly and don’t blame us if you lose money.