Mick Fitzgerald: Band of Outlaws can outrun the posse in the Galway Hurdle

Mick's always been a straight shooter and fancies the fav to win at Galway 4.55pm.

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The opening 2m 6f beginners chase at 14.00 sees Cheltenham festival winner Early Doors making his debut over fences and it’s very hard to look past him. Willie Mullins’ Dandy Mag would be a lively one, but that 781 day absence to overcome looks a big ask against Joseph O’Brien’s runner who was highly-rated over hurdles.

A novice chase follows at 14.35 and Wicklow Brave has a unique profile in he has been a winner under all codes now after his win at Balinrobe, I can’t say I thought he was a natural over fences but he was adequate. He won on his superior ability over the others and the long run in here is a massive plus for him with his Flat capability and the fact that it’s a small field.

However, Moon Over Germany won very nicely at Aintree and is fresh after a mini-break and could be the answer. Henry de Bromhead’s runner is worth chancing.

The 1m handicap at 15.10 is a tough puzzle to solve but I am taking a punt on Dermot Weld’s Wentwood. He beat Constantinople at Cork and even though beaten by a few of these at Killarney, Ben Coen takes off 5lb so he may get his revenge.

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The Listed Fillies race at 15.45 is the perfect opportunity for Surrounding to get rewarded for her consistency with another win. Her form ties in with a few of these but I’ll take her to edge it.

Willie Mullins’ Forevos can get back on the winning trail in the 2m 4f Novice Hurdle at 16.20. Morosini who beat him at Ballinrobe, boosted the form with a good second here earlier in the week.

The Galway Hurdle at 16.55 is as competitive as ever but Band Of Outlaws who won for us at Cheltenham and can win this off his rating of 145. His comeback run at Tipperary was good and now he will take some stopping, I’m not deserting him now.

David’s Charm is another who interests me as he’s proven in big handicaps and should still be competitive off this mark. Of the others Riven Light is the one who catches the eye after some very good efforts on the Flat for Willie Mullins.

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