Horse Racing Tips: 5 to thrive at the Galway Festival on Wednesday

James Shortt from PPTV delivers his best bets for your midweek wagers.

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17:10 Lasparas (each way)

Willie Mullins has dominated this 2-mile 5-furlong maiden hurdle in recent years and first won the contest with Clounties Hill under Ruby Walsh in 2003. The Closutton team has plenty of runners this year including Champ Kiely who returns having won a Limerick bumper in May 2021. The son of Ocovango is the choice of Paul Townend, but I’m taking a punt on stablemate LASPARAS who finished down the field as a beaten favourite in this race last year.

The son of Gentlewave has plenty of stamina having won a Loughbrickland point-to-point and his run here last year was his last of 2021 before recently returning to finish fifth at Tipperary last month. I’m hopeful that effort has brought him forward and he’s worth an each-way punt with Danny Mullins in the saddle. Elsewhere, Dawn Rising is having a first run over hurdles and returning from a long break, while Esperti, Misty’s Gift, Valley Breeze and Country Queen are also in the mix.

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17:40 Wild Hunt (each way)

WILD HUNT has shown his best form this year and can challenge for Denis Hogan and owner Brian Castle in this extended 2-mile 6-furlong handicap hurdle. The son of Dubawi won a Clonmel Handicap Hurdle off 96 in comfortable fashion in early March before easily following up at Down Royal off 106 on St. Patrick’s Day. He ticks plenty of boxes and a slightly improved 3Ibs rise might not be enough to stop him now returning fresh following his latest effort at Cork.

He’s already shown his stamina in both wins this season and any further rain would help his chances with Hogan back in the saddle and looking for another winner this week. Rock Road has been a model of consistency for Willie Mullins with his Vadaly and Feigh others with solid each-way chances. Elsewhere, the lightly raced Shoot First warrants plenty of respect for Charles and Philip Byrnes and could be well ahead of his 119-rating following his fine success at Tipperary last month.

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19:15 Hallowed Star

The 1-mile 4-furlong Qualified Riders maiden has been an excellent race for the Mee Family in recent years having won with Exchange Rate, Diamond Hill and Zero Ten since 2017. Willie Mullins also has a wonderful record here having landed six of the previous ten renewals with seven favourites scoring in the past decade. HALLOWED STAR gets the vote this year for the Mee’s with this horse already securing success here at Galway over hurdles last year.

Previous course form is clearly an advantage and with the Mee family having a good record in this contest, Shark Hanlon will hopefully be celebrating success. The son of Sea The Stars has been running well of late and the booking of Patrick Mullins (who has won the last five renewals) is a positive one. Elsewhere, Merlin Giant looks the obvious danger and is also owned by the Mee’s with stable-mate Thousand Tears another who could reach the frame for Emmet Mullins.

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19:50 Mister Wilson (NAP)

MISTER WILSON is my best bet at Galway this Wednesday and ticks plenty of boxes in this extended 1-mile handicap. The one thing you want at Galway on the flat is finding a horse who can stay beyond the race distance, race handy, has a good draw and previous course experience if possible – Gavin Cromwell’s horse has all those qualities. The son of Alhebayeb dominated from the front to win a Nursery here last October and has been knocking on the door for his new trainer this season.

The handicapper has kept him unchanged (80) having finished a solid second over ten-furlongs at Roscommon last month with Gary Carroll once again in the saddle. The form of his run at Haydock in May reads well with Mighty Ulysses subsequently winning at Listed level at Newmarket earlier this month. The drop back in trip should play right into his strengths and it would be no surprise to see him make all from a lovely draw position in stall 4.

20:20 Unanswered

The closing staying handicap here at Galway has been a good race for Tony Martin and John Breslin with previous success with Busted Tycoon (2013) and Upgraded (2019). The trainer and owner team-up on this occasion with the vastly improving UNANSWERED who is looking for a five-timer over both codes this year. The son of Intelllo began his winning run off 46 in a flat handicap at Limerick before scoring at Gowran Park, over hurdles at Punchestown and back on the level at Killarney.

He won going away at Killarney and a further rise of 7Ibs by the handicapper can be offset by the step-up in trip in this contest. The booking of Billy Lee, who continues to enjoy one hell of a season is clearly a positive with the jockey more than capable of finding a good position from stall 7. He fits a very similar profile to the previous Martin/Breslin winners of this race and holds another entry in a staying handicap on Friday.

Wednesday’s Galway tips

17:10 Lasparas (each way)
17:40 Wild Hunt (each way)
19:15 Hallowed Star
19:50 Mister Wilson (NAP)
20:20 Unanswered

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