Horse Racing tips: Mick Fitzgerald’s slick picks for Wednesday at Galway

Mick Fitzgerald casts his eye over the day's jumps action at the Galway Festival.

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17:10 – Mistys Gift (each way)

The top stables are represented and none more so than Irish Champion trainer Willie Mullins, who has three runners. His his Champ Kiely looks to be the stable’s number one, having won a bumper at Limerick. It’s different ground here and it may pay to just follow the experienced runners. Mistys Gift ran very well at Cork over 3m. Dropping back in trip now, this two-time bumper winner could be a bit of value.

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17:40 – Rock Road

This 10-year-old is a tentative selection. Rock Road has been mixing hurdling with chasing and ran very well in Killarney. He comes here fit and can get competitive again.

18:10 – Return To Base

Return To Base, a maiden hurdle winner at Punchestown, looks to be competitively handicapped and the mare that she beat that day was highly regarded. A mark of 111 could underestimate this daughter of Flemensfirth. Jack Kennedy rides for trainer Gordon Elliott who will have plenty of runners this week.

18:40 – El Barra

Paul Townend looked like he was going to win the Galway Plate on Royal Rendezvous last year, only to get stopped at a crucial time. He flew home but was unable to catch Early Doors, who is higher in the weights this year and looks to have plenty to deal with on his rating now. Cape Gentleman is among the market leaders for the shrewd Emmet Mullins, but fell last time and that is an issue coming into a race like the Galway Plate.

This is a no ‘hiding place’ contest where space is very much at a premium and if you ride one that’s a little bit timid, it’s far from ideal. El Barra is my selection on the back of a very strong performance at the Punchestown Festival. He is higher in the weights now, but his mark is within his capabilities.

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19:15 – Hallowed Star

The owners of Hallowed Star love runners at this Festival and they love winners. They’ve two in this race alone but Patrick Mullins is a strong booking for trainer, ‘Shark’ Hanlon, on the back of two good runs. Stepping up in trip to 1m 4f will suit too.

19:50 – Ezine

It would not be the Galway Festival without  Dermot Weld leading one into the winner’s enclosure and Ezine looks the perfect candidate to give him a winner. She had a difficult passage at Gowran last time but I can forgive that effort. Her run behind this year’s Epsom Oaks winner Tuesday should see her good enough to win here.

20:20 – Berkshire Royal (each way)

Rachael Blackmore being booked to ride Berkshire Royal, who won a novice hurdle at Kilbeggan last year, could still be well handicapped on the back of a good run at the Punchestown Festival.

He has been a little disappointing in two runs on the Flat of late, but the jockey booking and the application of blinkers for the first time is eye-catching.

Mick Fitzgerald’s Galway bets:

17:10 – Mistys Gift (each-way)
17:40 – Rock Road
18:10 – Return To Base
18:40 – El Barra
19:15 – Hallowed Star
19:50 – Ezine
20:20 – Berkshire Royal (each-way)

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