5.20 COLM QUINN BMW Novice Hurdle
Willie Mullins looks a near-formality for top trainer at Galway and again he flexes his muscles with likely favourite Exchange Rate and stablemate Pakora, who looked none too slow in winning at Cork. Exchange Rate's form claims are not outstanding, yet it is difficult to knock the six-year-old.
After winning a Downpatrick bumper, he was still quick enough to score in a 12-furlong Galway maiden last year, before a bloodless success on his hurdles debut six weeks ago. Ruby Walsh's mount will probably take beating.
That said, One In All In is progressing, winning at Limerick after finishing second to Exchange Rate, while Holding Pattern may do them all for finishing kick if it turns tactical.
Selection: Exchange Rate 11-8
5.55 Latin Quarter Beginners Steeplechase
A race that has gone to some decent sorts, such as Darwins Fox, Ted Veale and Three Wise Men, in recent renewals. Surprisingly, Willie Mullins has no runner, though his one-time inmate Gangster, rated 138, takes his chance under leading rider Rachael Blackmore.
Gusty Rocky may be the answer here. A useful dual-code horse for Pat Flynn, he nearly won on his chase debut despite bring priced as if he needed the experience, a race in which Morgan blundered his chance away.
Gusty Rocky is bred to be smart, the only worry here being the ground: he wants it good or better ideally.
Course winner St Stephens Green is one to keep an eye on too. He has a touch of class, but lacks experience.
Selections: Gusty Rocky 7-1
6.25 COLM QUINN BMW Irish EBF Fillies Maiden
Dermot Weld introduces Tarnawa here, a Shamardal filly out of Tarana, a Cape Cross mare who ran once at Galway, winning the Listed Oyster Stakes at the September meet.
She looks to have her work on, however, from a high gate against Hermosa, a beautifully bred daughter of Galileo trained by Aidan O'Brien and much better-drawn in one.
Hermosa is almost certainly a Group horse, well-fancied in relative terms on debut at the Curragh a month ago and an eye-catching fourth. She looks one of the bets of the week under Donnacha O’Brien.
It is difficult to countenance anything else winning. That said, Gold Memory can probably step up a little from her debut for Ger Lyons.
Selection: Hermosa evens
7.05 Caulfield Industrial Irish EBF Maiden
Would Be King's followers at Dundalk recently, when he was turned over at 1-4, may have reservations about going in again – but they need not have.
His rating of 98 has been revised marginally since that all-weather reverse, consistent with his two-year-old form, when the Lethal Force gelding was touched off in a maiden by Gustav Klimt and subsequently third in a pattern race. He is fine on yielding ground and should win this.
Dermot Weld has a sensational record in the race, winning six of the last ten renewals. Likely Dabiyr, so, will be ready to roll – but he is already gelded and does he need to run to a three-figured rating on debut to win this?
Michael O'Callaghan tends to target Galway; as such the Dansili filly Raeseeya, blinkered, is noted after two promising runs.
Selection: Would Be King 5-4
7.40 COLM QUINN BMW Mile Handicap
It is five years since Colm Murray of RTÉ passed away on the eve of the Galway Races. Colm was thus not around to see Brendan Bracken win this race that very week with ludicrous ease for Ger Lyons and the County Meath trainer has a major contender here in Inscribe.
Inscribe (above) looks the right type. He handles an ease, scoring on heavy at Gowran last October and only beaten once in three starts since, taking his form to a new level at the Curragh last time. He has work to do off his new mark, but he stays well and has a nice draw, with more progress very possible.
Plenty of these have run in the race before, especially Riven Light, last year's winner but now top weight and handicapped by a horrible draw in 18.
The Sea The Stars filly Rionach, a three-year-old, has a tough task in terms of a lack of experience here, but she has lots of class.
Selection: Inscribe 5-1
8.10 Caulfield Industrial Handicap
It is hard to believe that Delegating has never won a race. Her connections went for an each-way gamble in a Galway maiden two years ago, in which she ran a blinder in second, and she ran twice at the Festival last year, well-fancied, but could finish no better than third. An eye-catcher at the Curragh last time, she has a fine draw and may belatedly come good, but stamina is a worry.
Ace Of Diamonds looks one of the bets of the week here. Dermot Weld's Oasis Dream-bred's only win came over ten furlongs on soft off 73 last year, 5lb higher than today's mark.
Forget his comeback at Leopardstown, when he was stretched too far by the yardage and probably already had an eye on the west. Further positives are the draw and Oisin Orr in the plate. Course-and-trip winner Serefeli is also noted.
Selection: Ace Of Diamonds 6-1
8.40 Caulfieldindustrial.com Handicap
This is a race punters should analyse closely, 16 runners meaning four places for each-way bettors, and likely a plot or two therein.
Stormy Belle is trained by Galwegian, Pat Fahy. She likes an ease, has course form and was something of an eye-taker at Killarney. She is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Like Truffles, Stormy Belle could lead. Truffles, trained by Sheila Lavery, is a very dangerous runner in theory too. Mokhalad is certainly in with a shout under 10lb claimer Stephen Mooney. Three-time course winner Beau Satchel arrives here in fine form.
Selection: Stormy Belle 9-1