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Tom can glory in Excelcius

Mullins charge can prove his Curragh form in Handicap


Ultra Pride and Robbie Colgan can score at Galway today

Ultra Pride and Robbie Colgan can score at Galway today

Ultra Pride and Robbie Colgan can score at Galway today

Princess Zoe was the big winner here on Monday evening and is back for more big race glory as attention returns to the Flat for the weekend.

It was a big night for Tony Mullins on Monday and I see him tweeting this week that she has come out of the race in super form and he's willing to let her take her chance again this evening.

Willie Mullins got in on the act with Patrick on Thursday by winning the Galway Hurdle but in the valuable Galway Shopping Centre Handicap I think Tom Mullins will rule the roost with EXCELCIUS (5.15, Galway).

The bottom weight in the field, Tom has booked Denis Hogan's rider Joe Doyle for this race and getting weight from all 15 rivals with a good draw in stall nine Excelcius could be about to land a big pot.

Last time out at The Curragh this horse followed home Njord and we saw how close Njord was to winning the break race on Tuesday evening when he went down by the smallest of verdicts possible.

That franked the form from The Curragh and the sibling rivalry could be in full flow here but I'm picking Excelcius to beat Princess Zoe, who incidentally is ridden by Denis Hogan's other rider, Joey Sheridan.

I fancied Johnny Murtagh to have a big race winner earlier in the week and I think he'll cap off the week with CALL ME ROCKY (4.15, Galway).

Johnny's horses are bombing at the moment and this horse is one of the more lightly raced runners in this three-year-old only handicap and because of that is open to further improvement after his good win at Limerick.

Punters should get off to a good start at Galway today with ONTARIO (2.35, Galway) who is effectively a winner in a maiden.

This horse passed the post in front at Dundalk on his last start but was demoted to second for interference on that occasion but can right that wrong here.

I'd be taking a chance with FASTNET CROWN (3.15, Galway) in the next. This horse ran well on debut and should come on for that outing and has a good draw in stall two with Leigh Roche.

Robbie Colgan is busier on the Flat these days than over jumps and he has enjoyed a strong association with Sheila Lavery over the last couple of years. They can bag a Galway winner with ULTRA PRIDE (3.45, Galway) this afternoon.

While Tom or Tony might bag the big prize at Galway today, Willie shouldn't leave empty handed as DARK VOYAGER (5.45, Galway) will be hard to beat if getting a clear run in the finale.

This horse was second at Galway earlier in the weekend when bumping into Flying Scotsman who went on to win again the following evening.

A Galway Raceweek with a difference comes to an end tomorrow and having started the week going with NJORD (4.20, Galway) on Tuesday I'll stick with him again.

Shane Foley takes over today as stable jockey and Tom Madden, who rode the horse on Tuesday, is in Germany to ride in a Group One for Jessie today.

Njord was beaten a nose over one mile and 123 yards on Tuesday but if the winning post was a yard earlier he'd have been carrying a winners penalty here and the way he travelled on Tuesday should mean that the drop back in trip isn't a problem.


2.35 Ontario

3.10 Fastnet Crown

3.45 Ultra Pride

4.15 Call Me Rocky

4.45 Kauri Cliffs

5.15 Excelcius

5.45 Dark Voyager