Paddy Power, Ruby Walsh and Paddy Desmond have assembled for a bonus From The Horse’s Mouth podcast to preview the Summer Festival and Glorious Goodwood this week.
And with the action starting this evening we asked the lads to go through the form and serve up some tips for today’s racing at Galway. First they focused on the feature race at 18:45 before serving some brilliant best bets for the rest of today’s action at Galway.
Sharjah has to be favourite. He’s in great form, I know he’s a hurdler but it’s on the flat so it shouldn’t really matter. He’s a grade one winning hurdler, he’s dropping down to handicap company. I think the last time we saw him in handicap company over hurdles was in the Galway Hurdle when he absolutely bolted in. You know he handles the track.
He had a nice run in the Curragh when he finished fourth, he should have improved for that and when you look at the opposition, be it Princess Zoe, Run For Mary, Dalton Highway, even De Name Escapes Me, they wouldn’t even line up in the same jumps race as him. I just think he’s a cut above these and looks set up for this trip on the flat.
I think Sharjah probably wins but at that price in a big-field race you’re not going to get rich. I know you’re better off backing a short-priced winner than a long-priced loser but I was thinking about going each way on Dalton Highway.
The Dermot Weld at Galway thing didn’t work out last year but his horses do seem to be coming into a bit of form now. Dalton Highway won last time pretty easily. Hopefully Jamie Codd on Dalton Highway might be able to give the favourite something to think about.
I thought De Name Escapes Me is did well last time and Grandmaster Flash showed up very well at the Curragh but I think Sharjah is going to be hard to beat. People say his flat runs aren’t as good as his hurdle runs but he’s only ever run three times over the class. There’s no doubt he’s well handicapped because of his hurdles form and he’ll be hard to beat.
The lads’ best bets for Galway today
Paddy Desmond: Lightning Amber in the 17:15
I thought there was a really interesting one, it’s a Dermot Weld one, I’m not that keen tipping Dermot Weld horses but I thought Lightning Amber looks really well handicapped in the 17:15.
It was given an opening mark of 81 and was just beaten at Galway last October and was given two runs at Leopardstown. But, if you look at his two-year-old form, he was just beaten by Broom on debut at Galway in 2018 and had beaten Heliac who are both rated close to 100. I thought Lightning Amber just being dropped a pound down to 80, gives her a huge shot in this one.
Ruby Walsh: Mt Leinster in the 19:45, Dark Voyager each way in the 19:15
I think Willie Mullins has a really interesting one in the last, well there’s two, My Sister Sarah and Mt Leinster. Mt Leinster will be short enough and the other’s just over even money but he hasn’t got that much to spare over the day. Dropping back to a mile-and-a-half should really suit Mt Leinster.
I thought in the 19:15 Willie has a runner, a real outsider, a horse called Dark Voyager. He’s big odds but I think he’ll outrun his odds at each way. I don’t think he’ll run or anything he’s not a superstar but I think he could sneak into the money.
Paddy Power: Centroid in the 18:15
I’m hoping the Dermot Weld is back to his best and I’ll got for Centroid in the 18:15 race. Drawn one, a very good draw at Galway, it’s a mile-and-a-half handicap. Gavin Ryan claiming five… I think he’s alright. It’s second favourite and hopefully he’s been laid out for Galway.
From The Horse’s Mouth’s tips for racing at Galway on Monday
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