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3.00 – Tote Maiden Hurdle

Silver Concorde won the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival back in March 2014, and it’s very surprising that he is yet to break his duck over hurdles.

In fairness, he’s only had four starts over them, and he should be different class to this lot on his fourth to Nichols Canyon in a grade one at Leopardstown in February 2015.

In winning the November Handicap last October and coming an unlucky third in this year’s Chester Cup, he showed he’s as good as ever, but he does seem better on better ground, and the only time he got that over hurdles was at Cheltenham this year, when he ran no race.

The current ground is good at Galway and while some showers are due, it is unlikely to be any worse than good to soft.

On that ground he would look a 2/5 shot but even on soft he should still win. I’m not going to recommend backing him at this stage though, although if he was 4/6 tomorrow on good to soft or better, I’d get involved.

3.35 – Tote EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle

Yet another very competitive handicap. Elusive Ivy is only five pound higher than when winning at Punchestown.

Comehere Hi made mistakes at the last two hurdles - and also made her ground out very wide - when second at Kilbeggan last time, and now has the assistance of Ruby Walsh.

Popboru would probably have won at Cork last time if she hadn’t got in too close to the second last when travelling best.

All of those are interesting, but they are also near the front of the market. One I think that has at least as good a chance as any, and should probably be favourite, is the Brian Ellison trained Our Kylie.

She has improved hugely since moving to the Ellison yard, easily winning both hurdle starts, before a third, and a win on the flat. She looks well handicapped and is worth a decent each way bet at the current 14/1.

4.10  - Handicap Hurdle

A big field, and numerous possible winners for this. Two I like at the prices are Kennedy’s Mor at 11/1, and Bank Bonus at 20/1. I’d back both each way at those prices.

Kennedy’s Mor is a nine-year-old, but he’s only had thirteen starts so far, and has been gradually progressive. He won over three miles at Cork, before coming seventh of twenty-four at the same track, and last time battled back after getting passed to get back up at Killarney.

The second probably idled slightly that day, but the trip was also on the sharp side for Kennedy’s Mor, with a less than true gallop not helping either. He also had a wider trip than the second, and with the extra furlong here sure to suit I would fancy him to confirm that form.

Bank Bonus was second at the Galway Festival last season, off a mark of 112. He then ran well at Down Royal before having a break. In three runs since, two over hurdles before going over fences last time, he did enough to suggest he should be should be able to bounce back to his best tomorrow. If he does then he has every chance off just two pound higher than that second here last year.

4.45 – Tote Qualified Riders Maiden

When A Shin Kildare’s connections paid $500,000 for her as a yearling I’m sure they had classic aspirations for her three-year-old career. Instead she turns up for a Galway maiden, having only made her debut at the end of June.

That was a very promising first run though. She came third, staying on quite well, and finished almost three lengths ahead of one of her main dangers for this, Three Star General, despite the fact that that one was better positioned off a slow pace.

A Shin Kildare looked to be starting to come back at the first two at the line that day, so this extra trip should suit. She has loads of scope to do better, and should take this on the way to better things. Her price of 4/6 doesn’t offer much value, but if she drifted to 4/5, I wouldn’t put anyone off taking it.

5.30 - Galway Plate

Road To Riches won the Galway Plate by 11 lengths two years ago, off a mark of 149. Since then he has been campaigned exclusively in Grade One and Two company, winning Grade One races at Down Royal and Leopardstown at the end of 2014.

While he didn’t add to that Grade One tally last season, he performed creditably at Cheltenham in March when dropped in trip, before disappointing slightly when beaten in a Grade Two at Navan.

I would have said he was operating a few pounds below his best, but he looked set to bounce back at Punchestown, going like a winner when falling at the second last.

A note of caution is that the top horses in that race clearly weren’t at their best, so the form is hard to gauge.

This is a huge drop in class though, the trip is fine for him, and he normally jumps very well. Despite running off 162 this time, he is the most likely winner, but I would want bigger than the current 9/2 to back him.

Shanahan’s Turn jumped and travelled really well on his way to winning the Galway Plate last season by just over five lengths.

In truth, he won with even more authority than that margin. Since then, he ran poorly twice in October, pulled too hard, over a trip too far at Cheltenham, before coming seventh at Down Royal after another break last time.

He wasn’t given a hard time, and it’s very likely that run was needed to put him spot on for this. When he won this last year, he came into the race off a very poor run, so in that respect I wouldn’t worry about it being a bit below par.

He’s nine-pound higher tomorrow but this is his trip. He clearly took to the track last year and at 20/1 he looks a decent each way bet.

Junction Fourteen won really well at Sandown and is a progressive sort who can win off his new mark. The concern here is he has pretty much made all for his three chase wins, and is very unlikely to get things his own way here with Road To Riches in the field.

Lord Scoundrel had some decent form as a novice last season, and moved into handicaps off a mark of 145 at Punchestown.

He ran very well to come fifth, and the way he was a bit outpaced before staying on again, suggests the extra furlong and uphill finish here will be right up his street.

That was a good handicap against some unexposed sorts, whereas here he’s coming up against mostly exposed types, and he certainly looks to have far more chance than current odds of 25/1 suggest. The forecast rain this evening should help his cause too.

I would be interested in Killer Crow at 16/1 if we get a lot of rain, as his best form seems to be on very soft ground.

On his second-place finish to the subsequent Cheltenham winner Empire of Dirt at Leopardstown back in January, or his non staying seventh in the Irish National, he would have a very good chance.

His last two runs weren’t up to par but, given a break since he could easily bounce back. However, I would be worried if the rain fails to materialise.

With that in mind, I think the best bets at the moment are each way on Shanahan’s Turn at 20/1 and Lord Scoundrel at 25/1.