JP's 'Lady' taken to show the way home in Plate
Published 29/07/2015 | 02:30
Plate day is here and this year's renewal looks like quite an open race so I think the best advice is to look further down the weights for the winner as I think there will be plenty of owners thinking their horse has the chance of taking the big prize on the third day of the festival.
The last two editions have provided us with Grade One winners in Carlingford Lough and Road To Riches so it's a race that can prove to be a good pointer for further down the line.
Still I think I can narrow it down to three that are going to take a lot of stopping - namely Jacksonslady, Alelchi Inois and Shanpallas.
Shanpallas looks to have all the right stuff to give Charles Byrnes his first success in the race. Alelchi Inois has won eight times out of his 12 runs and he'll like the ground the way it is at the minute.
He also likes it around Galway, having won here twice so he has a lot going for him. But despite the obvious claims of those two, still something drags me towards Jacksonslady.
The JP McManus-owned mare was third in this race two years ago so will know what it is all about and looks to be in again at a nice light weight and I think that could be the decisive factor here.
The day's action starts at 3.0 and I can't look past Stuccodor in this one. I think he'll like this ground and while he was beaten last time out over hurdles, he looks like he'll come on a bit and is the best horse here on Flat ratings.
The second race of the day can go the way of Gordon Elliott and Dancing Meadows. He ran well when second in Perth last time out and she looks to be well-handicapped here and is improving in an open race.
I also think Annagh Haven will have a strong shout in this one too after her good winning run in Down Royal.
I'm going to plump for Gordon Eliott again in the Handicap Hurdle at 4.10 with Be Seeing You. He looked the part when winning in Bellewstown and while he has picked up a 11lb rise in weight for that win, I think he can shoulder that.
Coldstonesober chased him home that night and has gone on to win since himself I think Be Seeing You can maintain that form and keep him behind here.
Buster Dan Dan caught the eye with a front-running performance in Killarney last time so you'd have to give him respect while there is an interesting entry in Aidan O'Brien's Lone Star with Barry Geraghty taking the ride. But I'm going to stick with Be Seeing You in this one.
The Maiden at 4.45 could see yet another Dermot Weld winner in Galway. Time To Inspire seems to have done everything right to this point, having run well in two outings so far and now looking ready to get off the mark here.
I think you can overlook the fact that he was beaten in Navan when favourite last time as that was a decent race.
The Handicap at 6.05 looks open but Sofi's Spirit has a real chance of doing something here. Dermot Weld could be in the winners' enclosure again with Shahzeena in the penultimate race of Plate day.
And finally, New Agenda can justify favouritism in the last and round off another good day for Dermot Weld.
3.35 Dancing Meadows
4.10 Be Seeing You (Nap)
4.45 Time To Inspire
6.05 Sofi's Spirit
7.10 New Agenda