It is Galway Plate day. Normally a Plate pick would feature in our Yankee, but we like a seriously long odds shot to cause an upset and that could unbalance the Yankee ticket. Nothing appeals at the head of the market, but 2016 winner Lord Scoundrel could reward each way support. He was 8th last year after being badly hampered and is now 12lbs lower. Admittedly his form since has more letters than numbers, but he saves his best for this race and seems to have been unjustly ignored in the market.
Recommendation: Lord Scoundrel, (1920 Galway), 0.5pts each way, 40/1 Paddy Power (1/5th top 5)
The Daily Yankee:
NAP OF THE DAY: Lil Rockerfeller, (1350 Goodwood), 1pt win, 10/3 generally available
It can be dangerous to translate hurdles form to flat, but at extreme distances it is generally more reliable. They don’t get much more extreme than this 2m4f, and that should be right up Lil Rockerfeller’s street. A much improved hurdler since last on the flat, he should have 10lbs or more in hand if fully effective. De Sousa up top is a quality booking.
Medahim, (1755 Goodwood), 6/1: the booking of Ryan Moore catches the eye from a decent draw. Hannon’s 4yo has been a little inconsistent except when tackling Goodwood’s 7f where he has been consistently unlucky in registering a 2nd, 3rd and 4th in three runs. Natural justice rarely prevails in racing, but Moore is there to prevent the bad luck factor and he can steer Medahim to a long deserved course win.
Spiorad Saoirse, (2000 Galway), 10/1: looks to have been laid out for this after winning here in impressive fashion at last year’s festival on similarly rain softened ground. Has built to top form slowly this season, but a cosy win at Limerick last time should probably have been worth more than the modest 4lb hike. Can establish a presence as a Galway festival regular.
Bronagh’s Belle, (2030 Galway), 4/1: it’s almost worth backing blind anything Willie Mullins runs on the flat right now. Thankfully there is more logic to this pick as Bronagh’s Belle showed immense improvement for stepping up in trip on seasonal debut. She steps up again, and the handicapper has lumped on the weight, but she started so low she still sneaks in at the foot here and should be hard to beat.
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