Friday 24 November 2017

Galway Races Day Four - Our €5 E/W bet that could land you €300,000

Bookmakers gather a crowd at the Galway Racing Festival, Ballybrit
Bookmakers gather a crowd at the Galway Racing Festival, Ballybrit
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Today is Ladies Day at the Galway Races with the feature race of the day the 4.45 Hurdle. Our racing expert Richie Forristal marks your card.

A €5 each way bet could land you more than €300,000 based on this morning's prices if Richie's eight tips do the business.

1.50 Guinness Dublin Porter Beginners' Chase 2m 6f

Clondaw Farmer clung on in a bumper here last year and then won over hurdles in the north. He is clearly a fair horse but this won't be easy after a year off.

As De Ferbet has been second in his last four starts and tends to get brushed aside easily, while Waaheb didn't impress here on Tuesday. Shantou Flyer switches back to fences after blundering his chance away at Downpatrick. He ran well in the meantime over hurdles and isn't without a chance.

Verdict - Shantou Flyer has live claims.

2.20 Guinness Harp Novices' Chase 2m 2f

Rock The World emerged with credit when second to The Game Changer at Roscommon, keeping on well in conditions that might have been too sharp.

He had previously won impressively at Ballinrobe. Having looked a reformed character over fences, Fort Smith failed to cope in more competitive company at Kilbeggan. Shesaportrait is a serious mare. She is on a hat-trick here, while Sizing Platinum's form took a knock when Hash Brown was held on Tuesday.

Verdict - Rock The World is the one.

3.00 Hop House 13 Handicap 1m

Cairdiuil went out on his shield again on Tuesday. He loves it here and this longer trip will be more to his liking.

Pat Smullen has opted for the 2011 winner Rock Critic, which bounced back to form when short-headed at Sligo last time. Sophie's World won here last year and rarely runs a bad race.

Verdict - Old soldier Cairdiuil appeals.

3.30 Arthur Guinness EBF Listed Corrib Fillies' Stakes 7f

Tested won a Group Three after getting run out of this in a tactical affair a year ago. She flopped over shorter last time but her profile is sound. Her opposition consists largely of improving handicappers. Laviniad and Gussy Goose are maybe most likely to step up.

Verdict - An on-song Tested surely wins.

4.05 Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f

Despite dropping in trip, Sandymount Duke is a real player. As he showed at Tipperary, he never gives in.

The likes of Grecian Tiger, Fearachain, Full Cry, Bay Of Freedom and Credo Star all have claims, while Gangster won tidily at Roscommon and the placed horses have both won since.

Verdict - Gangster looks pretty serious.

4.45 Guinness Galway Hurdle 2m

Diakali is a classy individual whose win record doesn't do him full justice.

Twice successful in Grade Ones as a novice, he competed well at the highest level before missing last term. On his Tipperary return, he won with a touch of panache from the redoubtable Thousand Stars, which is nine pounds better off here. Both have prospects despite their burdens.

Wicklow Brave is up 15lbs for his stunning County Hurdle win. He has been in fine form on the Flat but has a lot on here. While last year's runner-up Bayan always puts in a shift, he is handicapped close enough to his limit by now, likewise his 2014 conqueror, Thomas Edison, which hasn't shown a spark in two outings this year.

Barry Geraghty has stuck with him, and Mark Walsh is on Aidan O'Brien's Marchese Marconi. He skated up in a maiden hurdle here in 2014, and, on his only other start over two miles since then, he would have won at Fairyhouse only for unseating his rider at the last. He beat the re-opposing subsequent easy winner Aminabad at Ballinrobe and a strong gallop will suit.

Last year's big Flat race winner Quick Jack has run just twice over flights since January 2014, placed on both occasions, including in this year's County. He is weighted to go close again. Hidden Cyclone is well treated in relation to his chase mark, but is a 10-year-old that hasn't run over flights for four years and was best in soft ground over further then. He won tidily on the Flat at Leopardstown but this is a much different task.

Verdict - Marchese Marconi can run well at big odds for Mark Walsh.

5.25 Guinness 50th Anniversary Handicap 1m 3f

Magic Kitten sneaks in at the bottom. Blinkers seemed to work the oracle at Gowran Park in May and he might still be well treated. Bog War may also be favourably handicapped. He improved over flights in the winter so he has the scope to exploit this Flat rating as well.

Verdict - Bog War is nap material.

6.00 Guinness West Indies Porter INH Flat Race 2m 2f

Prince D'Aubrelle has been one-paced in twice finishing second, so he will relish this trip. Lieutenant looked big and raw under Sarah O'Brien on his Cork debut; he can do better yet.

Verdict - Lieutenant is feared but Prince D'Aubrelle should win.

A €5 each way bet with Paddy Power is currently offering a return of €302,655.25

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