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Galileo looks ready to strike


Galileo Chrome and Shane Crosse

Galileo Chrome and Shane Crosse

Galileo Chrome and Shane Crosse

Pickings are slim this weekend with a rare blank Sunday in the Irish racing calendar, but Navan should keep punters entertained with a pair of Listed events up for grabs today.

Joseph O'Brien's Degraves has the best form in the book having landed a Group Three last year as a juvenile but his two runs this season don't inspire confidence and stablemate Galileo Chrome is preferred in the Yeats Stakes (5.05).

Deemed good enough to tackle the Irish Derby before a stone bruise saw him scratched, the Australian colt impressed last time out when swatting aside some decent sorts at Leopardstown and Shane Crosse's mount will prove a tough nut to crack.

Johnny Murtagh's Red Kelly has risen 30lbs following back-to-back handicap wins and is best placed to throw down the gauntlet, but Galileo Chrome should have enough if handling the testing conditions.

English challengers have landed five of the last 10 runnings of the Abergwaun Stakes (2.50) but Make A Challenge looks poised to prevail this time around with no raiders present.

Denis Hogan's five-year-old has thrived in similar conditions before, including when cruising to Listed success last week at the Curragh, and he should prove a class apart despite conceding weight all round.

The form of David Garrick's recent Cork win has worked out nicely with the runner-up hosing in on his next start, so Eddie Harty's charge is fancied in the 1m handicap (4.35), while jumps fans also get their fill at Wexford today where the Henry de Bromhead-trained Paloma Blue is tipped to land a competitive chase (3.40).