Willie Mullins’ Fast Buck looks the stand-out player in the five-runner field in the first race at Galway tonight, the Listed 2m hurdle at 17.20pm. He won a maiden hurdle well in Listowel and although he’s a short price, the likes of Turnpike Trip and Fine Brunello will have to up their game again to beat him.
The best bet on the card at Ballybrit looks to be Zero Ten in the novice chase at 17.55pm.
His trainer Emmet Mullins won tonight’s contest 12 months ago with St. Stephens Green.
Zero Ten looks a better horse than St. Stephens Green ever was and will be hard to beat.
The Fillies maiden over 7f at 18.25 looks a match between Aidan O’Brien’s Petite Mustique and Dermot Weld’s Azila. They were fourth and fifth respectively behind Love at Leopardstown earlier this month, but I think Azila can turn the form around with the Ballydoyle runner.
There’s another valuable feature race on day two in the shape of the Colm Quinn BMW Mile at 7.40pm.
Dermot Weld’s Jassaar is a warm favourite and claimer Ben Coen takes a precious 5lbs off his back. However, Saltonstall trained by Ado McGuinness looks well handicapped. He looked unlucky at the Curragh the last day when finishing fourth and while he’s drawn a little wider than ideal in stall 14, he could be a bit of value under Colin Keane.
Over in the UK, the five-day Goodwood Festival starts today and Zaaki will be all the rage in the 15.00 for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. I prefer Space Traveller who won the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot in good fashion and looks a little over-priced for the Richard Fahey team.
Their feature race is the Goodwood Cup at 15.35 where the great Stradivarius can strut his stuff again. Frankie Dettori is unstoppable at the moment and while there should be a decent each-way angle with eight runners – I don’t really think there is.
The second and third best horses in the race, Cross Counter and Dee Ex Bee, are skinny enough in the market.
While Stradivarius is a short price – he is the most likely winner of the race.
*Prices correct at time of publishing