Galway Hurdle Day Tipster

Nap of the day – Spruce Meadows (2.50)

1.40 – Tesseract – Guinness Galway Gold Beginners Chase – Win 

Tesseract needs to improve on what he showed at Kilbeggan but that run came on the back of a fall at Limerick and his confidence might just have been restored. No match for Conrad Hastings over a shorter trip than this last time, he did finish in front of this afternoon’s rival Jeannot De Nonant and will do so again if his jumping holds up. Jeannot De Nonant ran a big race when third to Rashaan over hurdles at Cork since and might be the biggest danger ahead of Ballela Boy which was over fences for the first time when a moderate fourth behind Rathvinden at Wexford. He has ground to make up on Fly Rory Fly on that run but he possibly more has scope for improvement. Just Cause was well in front of Silverfort at Limerick and might be the pick of the remainder.

Exacta – 14-8 (Tesseract/Jeannot De Nonant)

Trifecta – 14-8-2 (Tesseract/Jeannot De Nonant/Ballela Boy)

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2.15 – Townshend – Grade 3 Guinness Open Gate Brewery Novice Chase – Win 

Townshend is much improved in recent months and might just give the weight away. He won in great style from this afternoon’s rival Potters Point at Punchestown in May and again had that rival safely behind him in third place when accounting for Peregrine Run at Roscommon the following month. Don’t Touch It has plenty of experience over fences and he won a handicap chase at the Punchestown festival. The highest-rated in the field, he runs in the same colours as the four-year-old Landofhopeandglory which was behind the selection, Peregrine Run and Potters Point when making his chasing debut at Roscommon. That was a fine first effort and he came out to win at Kilbeggan two weeks later. Our Dougal was behind Peregrine Run at Wexford but he had little difficulty in winning from All The Answers at Killarney two weeks ago. Rathvinden is another recent Wexford winner in the line-up but he takes a considerable drop back in trip for this.

Exacta – 1-2 (Townshend/Don’t Touch It)

Trifecta – 1-2 (Townshend/Don’t Touch It/Peregrine Run)

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2.50 – Spruce Meadows – Guinness Draught Handicap – Each/Way 

Spruce Meadows was a winner over seven furlongs on the opening night here last year and is taken to score again over this longer trip. He has been running well in better races than this of late and will be suited by any rain that might fall. The draw is certainly in his favour and he is chosen ahead of Knockmaole Boy which did this page a big favour by winning in great style here on Tuesday night. He is up 6lbs in future and that is matched by the mandatory penalty he carries after defeating Allegio by half a length over seven furlongs. The draw might have been kinder to Aussie Valentine but he has a chance from the top of the handicap while Remarkable Lady is another on the wrong sideof the draw but she was a clear-cut winner at Ballinrobe last time. Clonard Street is another to note as is the recent Gowran Park winner Collision Course.

Exacta – 4-11 (Spruce Meadows/Knockmaole Boy)

Trifecta – 4-11-14 (Spruce Meadows/Knockmaole Boy/Collision Course)


3.25 – Music Box – Listed Arthur Guinness Irish EBF Corrib Fillies Stakes – Win 

Music Box has thrived on her busy campaign this season and Donnacha O’Brien’s mount can hope to reverse form with her Killarney conqueror, Drumfad Bay, who re-opposes on 3lbs worse terms today. There won’t much between this pair but Music Box is tipped in what looks a tight contest.  Raymonda is the highest-rated runner in the field and looks a threat, particularly if the application of a visor has the desired effect. She will have the important assistance of Pat Smullen around this unique racecourse while Florida Times also has to be respected as the sole British challenger. Drumfad Bay’s stablemate, I’m So Fancy would not need to improve too much to threaten the principals, while Orangey Red has been running well in handicaps and was not disgraced last time at Chester in listed company.

Exacta – 13-7 (Music Box/Drumfad Bay)

Trifecta – 13-7-4 (Music Box/Drumfad Bay/Raymonda)


4.00 – Lac Kivu – Guinness Novice Hurdle – Win 

The four-year-olds might fight this out and a slight preference goes to the Punchestown scorer Lac Kivu. He was running for the first time since July of last year when winning in great style on his Irish debut and while Cinema De Quartier, a moderate second that day, was well beaten here on Tuesday night, it remains a taking performance. Bhutan beat Tuesday night’s winner Housesofparliament to score on the Flat at Leopardstown in April of last year and he could be the selection’s biggest threat. Down the field in the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown in February, he won in good style at Tipperary 11 days ago and should be all the better for that experience. Dorans River beat Robin Des Foret to win at Roscommon in June but the latter turned that form on its head when victorious at the same track last month. Oakly looks held on that run. The trio are up against it here and perhaps the easy Bellewstown winner Its All Guesswork will chase the big two home.

Exacta – 6-5 (Lac Kivu/Bhutan)

Trifecta – 6-5-3 (Lac Kivu/Bhutan/Its All Guesswork)


4.35 – Tigris River – Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap – Each/Way

Princely Conn is lame and misses out. In a wide open contest, early favourite Max Dynamite does not appear to represent any value and perhaps Tigris River might be a better bet. He is chasing a hat-trick after wins at the Curragh in June and over hurdles at Bellewstown a month ago. Swamp Fox finished second to Whiskey Sour in the big amateur riders’ handicap here on Monday night and would certainly be in with a chance after his win over hurdles at Killarney. Timiyan runs in the same colours as the selection and he looks to be much improved of late. He might just run into a place ahead of Western Boy, another representing owner JP McManus, which was a big winner at the Punchestown festival. Another to consider are the British raiders Project Bluebook and Court Minstrel. Automated also misses out as he is stiff.

Exacta – 11-3 (Tigris River/Swamp Fox)

Trifecta – 11-3-19 (Tigris River/Swamp Fox/Timiyan)



5.15 – Camlann – Guinness Harp Handicap – Each/Way 

Camlann was a busy boy at the festival last year, running three times over the seven days. He did win on his final start of the week when taking a handicap hurdle on the Sunday and perhaps a second Galway win is on the cards. He has won three races over flights since he last ran on the Flat and lost little in defeat behind Swamp Fox in a good handicap hurdle at Killarney two weeks ago. There is a chance that he is ahead of the handicapper and from a low draw is the pick to land this at the main expense of USA which was a winner at Ballinrobe early last week and ran another big race when just losing out to the well-fancied Serefeli here on Tuesday night. Papal Motel has a horrible draw to contend with but his form reads well and he went very close behind Konig Hall at Limerick in June. There isn’t much between Bottleofsmoke and Miro on their runs behind Song Of Namibia at Bellewstown a month ago and they can both be given a chance along with the hat-trick seeking but poorly drawn Lucca and Touch Of Gold which was a winner over hurdles at Killarney and didn’t do too badly in the second race here on Wednesday afternoon.

Exacta – 7-5 (Camlann/USA)

Trifecta – 7-5-16 (Camlann/USA/Papal Motel)


6.00 – Peacocks Secret – Guinness West Indies Porter INH Flat Race – Win 

Peacocks Secret runs in new colours as he bids to improve on a couple of recent placed efforts. He went close on his debut at Kilbeggan in April but possibly ran better races when third to Simone at Punchestown the following month and when a narrow runner-up to odds-on favourite Suncroft at Wexford in early June. Dayna Moss wasn’t short of market support when a fair fourth to newcomer Poet Power here on Monday evening and it is a pointer that connections are happy for him to turn out again so soon. All Good Things made a nice start when third to the well-fancied Lighthouse Warrier at Punchestown at the end of May and he might pose a bigger danger than Chateauneuf Du Pap which could be given a chance on the best of his bumper form. He was soundly beaten on his first start over hurdles at Downpatrick last month.

Exacta – 6-4 (Peacocks Secret/Dyna Moss)

Trifecta – 6-4-1 (Peacocks Secret/Dyna Moss/All Good Things)

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