Day Three of the Galway Festival features the highlight of the week, the Galway Plate,which sees a maximum field of 25 horses face the starter at 5.25 this evening. Last year, Sportsnewsireland tipped up the eventual winner, Finger On The Pulse at 66/1.
This year’s Plate is even more competitive than in recent seasons, with a number of British raiders from the powerful Nicholls and Pipe yards. Any number of the runners could be given a serious chance in the race and it is certainly not an event to be having a big interest in. For those that fancy a punt, the recommendation is a small eachway interest in Blazing Tempo at 10/1. The Willie Mullins trained mare improved hugely since joining the champion trainer last season and ran big races at both Cheltenham and Punchestown. She may have too much class for the summer jumpers and provided there is enough cut in the ground she looks the one they all have to beat.
Another horse that ran at Cheletenham last March, Askthemaster, has a big chance in the 3.35 contest. Returning to hurdles on a much lower mark, the Robert Tyner trained 11-y-o is too big at 16/1. Second in the 2mile Grand Annual Chase at the Cotswolds, the horse stays 2m 4f and is very well handicapped here. He must go very close if he is fit and ready for this assignment.
The draw has been crucial around Ballybrit all week and those berthed low have had a decided advantage. In the 1m handicap at 6.00,Joanna Morgan’s Beauthea appears to have plenty in his favour. The horse is coming into form,having been runner-up last time. He is drawn in stall 4 and has previously run very well around the Galway track. Odds of 8/1 are more than reasonable and he must have a cracking eachway chance.
Selections: 3.35 Askthemaster 16/1 (eachway)
5.25 Blazing Tempo 10/1 (eachway)
6.00 Beauthea 8/1 (eachway)