Bank on Valac to get the job done
Published 28/07/2015 | 02:30
The rain kept falling in Galway yesterday and we're told it's probably going to stay that way for the remainder of the week.
As more races are run and the rain keeps coming, you are certainly going to be on the lookout for a horse that goes well on soft ground.
Dermot Weld remains the safe option, even though the uncertainty about the ground may throw up a few curve-balls, and it won't surprise anyone that he features in a few of my selections for this evening's action.
There are a few maidens on the card which can make picking winners difficult but I'm going to put my neck on the line - well, as much as you can put your neck on the line when picking a Weld horse to win in Galway - and nap Valac in the 7.20.
In his three runs to date he has been there or thereabouts, running into two second-place finishes and a third.
In his first run he was second by a couple of lengths to Hans Holbein, which went on to win the Chester Vase and run in the Derby at Epsom, so he looks like he could have the class to take care of this lot.
That race comes immediately after the big one of the day. The Topaz Mile Handicap has attracted a large field looking for a piece of the big pot but for me it comes down to two in Stay De Night and Baraweez.
Ger Lyons has a strong hand in this one but assuming the ground keeps going the way it is it might not suit his string.
Baraweez has form in this race, after finishing third last year, but I think Stay De Night can overcome being drawn in stall ten which isn't ideal and take this one.
The evening's racing starts with the Topaz Novice Hurdle and I'm going for Adimelo to win here.
He won last time out in a big field in Roscommon and he's a horse that cost a good bit of money in France. I think he'll have the class to win here but he'll have to be at his best to see off Long Dog, which looked the part when winning in Sligo.
The Latin Quarter Beginners Chase has to go the way of Guitar Pete. He looks to be the class horse in the field and is a Grade One winning hurdler at the Aintree Grand National Festival and the Punchestown Festival.
If he's right I think he takes this one, even though he missed out on a scheduled run in Killarney after a change in the going.
The Barry Geraghty-JP McManus axis could have a big shout in this one too with Hash Brown, but I'll stick with Guitar Pete to come out on top.
The penultimate race of the day could go the way of Burren View Lady for Denis Hogan. She was an impressive winner last time out and Hogan's string are in great form so that could be the way to go there.
Finally I'll go with Daneking to carry top weight and take the final race of day two of the festival for Willie Mullins and David Casey.
5.45 Guitar Pete
6.50 Stay De Night
7.20 Valac NAP
7.50 Burren View Lady