A win for Princely Conn (16-1) along with a couple of nice each way places (12-1, 33-1) gave us an excellent start to the week yesterday.
Princely Conn indeed is a classic example of how the early birds catch the best prices, as having been available at 16-1 on Sunday night, his price quickly plummeted on Monday morning. Bookmakers, I notice, can be quite generous the night before and this is the time to be looking to catch them out.
Moving on to today and while I have a feeling winners will be harder to select, we will have a few interests. The feature event is the Topaz Mile (formerly McDonagh handicap) and this years renewal has a slightly sub standard feel to it with certainly no horse of the calibre of 2013 heroine Brendan Bracken in the line up. When it is all said and done, Galway is very much a prominent racers racetrack and with this in mind General Brook could well mount a bold bid racing prominently from stall two. The bare facts of his form are not quite good enough, but David Wachman’s gelding is lightly raced, stays further than one mile and also has sufficient cruising speed to be effective at the shorter distance.He will save ground racing prominently throughout on the rail and his ability to stay further than the distance of the race should ensure he will keep galloping all the way to the line.
Three-year olds have not fared that well in recent years, but they could mange better this time around with the Kevin Prendergast-trained Maskoon appealing at the foot of the weights. The son of Aqlaam boasts smart maiden form including a Navan win over Table Rock and he did not fare too badly behind the same rival on handicap debut at The Curragh recently. Prendergast writes in today’s Racing Post that the slightly easier ground could be the key to his chance and if finding any further improvement he has to have a shout from a nice berth in stall seven.
For people looking for a real rag, one could do worse than Croi On Oir. Tommy Stack’s gelding has been out of form but his tumbling down the weights and is attractively handicapped on the best of his form. Blinkers and Billy Lee could be the pair to get more out of him.
The next race at 7.15 is a cracking heat, a competitive two-mile handicap. One time highly useful hurdler Hidden Universe has looked only a shadow of himself since returning from a lengthy absence, but Weld has possibly been building for Galway and could have him primed tonight. Indeed he ran a perfectly adequate race before tiring behind Cullentry Royal at Leopardstown in the spring and fared as well as could be expected last time at Fairyhouse behind Primogeniture. Well treated on old form an effort of 80% of the level of performance he gave when previously winning the Leopardstown November Handicap could be sufficient.
The seven furlong contest at 7.45 is a typical Galway race where umpteen hold claims. Leading prospects are held by Sretaw and Oor Jock , but possibly the best handicapped of all could be In Salutem factoring in the seven pound claim of Sean Corby. This consistent type has been running well all season and has a fair each way shout.
Meanwhile at Goodwood, we have an excellent card to commence their top class five-day fixture. Magic Hurricane is horse who I think could still be ahead of the assessor and he warrants plenty of respect in the opening ten furlong handicap. A non stayer over 12 in the Old Borough Cup, a likely fast run ten could be just what the Doctor ordered today. In the same race, Niceofyoutotellme looks overpriced. Ralph Beckett’s charge impressed winning a red-hot Newmarket handicap on Guineas weekend ad he will be much more at home over ten furlongs than he was in Ascot’s Hunt Cup over eight.
Galway 6.45: 1 pt ew GENERAL BROOK (14-1, General) ; 1 pt ew MASKOON (10-1, General) ; 0.5 pts ew CROI ON OIR (40-1, Sky Bet)
Galway 7.15: 1.5 pts ew HIDDEN UNIVERSE (5-1, bet 365)
Galway 7.45: 0.5 pts ew IN SALUTEM (12-1, General)
Goodwood 1.55: 1 pt win MAGIC HURRICANE (7-1, General) ; 1 pt ew NICEOFYOUTOTELLME (16-1, Ladbrokes)
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