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2018 Galway Festival day one betting tips: Race-by-race selections for the opening day of Irish racing's summer feature meeting

Brian Healy 30 Jul 2018

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for the opening day of the Irish racing summer feature meeting.

The opening day of the 2018 Galway Festival gets underway on Monday, and a cracking seven-race card will go to post on day one of Irish racing’s world-famous summer feature fixture.

5:20 - galmont.com & galwaybayhotel.com Novice Hurdle (4yo) 2m½f
5:55 - Easyfix Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 88-109) 2m½f
6:25 - claregalwayhotel.ie (C & G) Irish EBF Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 7f
7:05 - claytonhotelgalway.ie Handicap (3yo 60-80) 7f
7:40 - Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap (4yo+ 70-100) 2m1f
8:10 - Eventus Handicap (3yo 60-90) 1m4½f
8:40 - Monami Construction INH Flat Race (4-7yo) 2m½f

Day one’s racecard features a mix of flat and jumps racing action, and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for all the first day action at the Ballybrit track.

5:20 - galmont.com & galwaybayhotel.com Novice Hurdle (4yo) 2m½f


Ruby Walsh returns from injury to partner Easy Game for Willie Mullins, but DEVIL’S GLEN (11/2, BetVictor) could be the one to side with following an impressive win on his hurdles debut at Tipperary back in May.

The Jeremy gelding ran out a comfortable four lengths’ winner, travelling well and only needing to be pushed out, and there ought to be more to come from Alan Fleming’s charge who should build on that experience.

He looked potentially smart in registering that win, which came in a big field, and he can follow up here.

Denis O'Regan can get amongst the winners on day one of Galway.



5:55 - Easyfix Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 88-109) 2m½f


Since being stepped up in trip by Charles Byrnes, VIKING HOARD (5/1, William Hill) had threatened to break his duck over hurdles with in-the-frame efforts at both Down Royal and Limerick; and the Vale Of York gelding did indeed open his account next time when romping to a wide-margin win at Killarney earlier in the month.

Charles Byrne’s charge had fifteen lengths to spare over Veneziano Springs, taking full advantage of a featherweight to score comfortably. He’s been hit with an 11lbs rise in the weights as a consequence, but there is every chance that he could have more to offer.

His young rider can utilise his full claim now, and assuming the drop back to this shorter trip doesn’t inconvenience then he ought to run well again.

6:25 - claregalwayhotel.ie (C & G) Irish EBF Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 7f


This race has been something of a benefit race for Dermot Weld who has won seven of the last ten renewals, and his THIRD WORLD (11/4, Paddy Power) can further enhance that strike-rate.

The Dansili colt shaped well on his debut at the Curragh, finishing fourth behind Guaranteed, and while he could only find the one pace he did catch the eye with the way he had travelled into the contest.

That experience won’t have been lost on him, and likely to improve on that effort he can finish closer now. He locks horns again with Mount Tabora, who finished in second in that debut run; but that rival had had the benefit of a prior run, and he can get the better of that rival now.

7:05 - claytonhotelgalway.ie Handicap (3yo 60-80) 7f


RAPTURE’S DELIGHT (5/1, William Hill) has had just four career starts, but the Invincible Spirit colt has already hit paydirt, scoring at Gowran Park two starts ago, and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.

Yet to finish worse than fourth, he ran well on his handicap debut last time at Leopardstown, finishing third; but he was beaten less than one length behind Bucky Larson, and back down in trip for this latest outing with a 1lb ease in the weights, he could well get back to winning ways.

Donnacha O’Brien takes the ride over the yard’s other representative in the race, and the form of his win was franked subsequenly with winners since coming out of that race; he can get his head back in front here, and he could prove a useful sort.

7:40 - Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap (4yo+ 70-100) 2m1f


The eye is immediately drawn to the high-class Limini who makes her return from a lengthy absence, and Willie Mullins’ charge could be hard to beat if returning at her best. However, given the possibility that she might need this return, it could be worth chancing DECISION TIME (20/1, BetVictor, each-way) to come out on top and land a hat-trick of wins.

A hurdles winner at Tramore back in April, the Milan mare has struck on her last two outings over shorter trips on the level at Navan and Ballinrobe respectively, running out a ready winner over Head Turner last time. The third horse home in that race has since struck over hurdles, with the fifth scoring on the all-weather at Dundalk next time.

She has been raised 7lbs for that latest effort, but there could be more to come back over this longer trip, and potentially still well treated on her hurdles form she can strike again under Declan Queally who can take off a handy 3lbs.

Day one of Galway features the return of the high-class Limini following a 500+ day layoff.



8:10 - Eventus Handicap (3yo 60-90) 1m4½f


BABA BOOM (5/1, William Hill) has improved since being sent handicapping on her return from an absence, finishing runner-up at Navan in June prior to scoring back-to-back wins at Limerick and Fairyhouse.

Johnny Murtagh’s Thewayyouare colt has won both starts readily, most recently coming three lengths clear of runner-up Rocky Blue last time. 

The runner-up has done the form no harm, filling the same spot next time and while the selection is 10lbs higher now, there could be more to come from him given the relative ease in which he scored last time, and he can land the three-timer here with the potential for further improvement to come.

8:40 - Monami Construction INH Flat Race (4-7yo) 2m½f


EXIT POLL (9/2, Paddy Power) shaped well on his debut effort at Down Royal back in May, finishing third behind Jerandme where he was beaten only one length having weakened close home.

That experience won’t have been lost on the Elusive Pimpernel gelding, and the form of that debut effort has been franked with both the winner and the fourth horses home both winning since.

Jessica Harrington has her string in good fettle, and likely to have more to offer with the potential to improve, the four-year old can get off the mark at the second attempt.


2018 GALWAY FESTIVAL TIPS - DAY ONE RACE-BY-RACE SELECTIONS


5:20 - DEVIL’S GLEN (11/2, BetVictor)

5:55 - VIKING HOARD (5/1, William Hill)

6:25 - THIRD WORLD (11/4, Paddy Power)

7:05 - RAPTURE’S DELIGHT (5/1, William Hill)

7:40 - DECISION TIME (20/1, BetVictoreach-way)

8:10 - BABA BOOM (5/1, William Hill)

8:40 - EXIT POLL (9/2, Paddy Power)


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