It's Galway Hurdle day. Galvin is injured so won't run in the novice chase. I'm also going to assume that The Very Man, who won on Wednesday's card, doesn't take up his engagement.
Plenty of rain has fallen, and more is forecast. We're looking at testing ground.
4.45pm Guinness Novice Hurdle
Anna Bunina is really getting her act together over hurdles. But for a fall two out in Bellewstown, she would probably be chasing a hat-trick here. In receipt of the mares' allowance, she should prove hard to beat. Saint D'oroux brings Cheltenham Festival form to the party. He should come forward for a recent comeback run.
Selection: Anna Bunina 9/4
5.15pm Guinness Beginners Chase
Braid Blue reached a decent level as a novice hurdler. He has been absent for some time. The forecast rain is more of a concern. Hopefully this classy sort can overcome conditions. Court Maid was progressive over hurdles. If taking to the larger obstacles, she's feared most.
Selection: Braid Blue 3/1
5.45pm Rockshore Novice Chase
Polished Steel looked a natural when scoring on chase debut in Tipperary. He has since disappointed on the flat. I wouldn't worry about that. He can lead them a merry dance here. Dime A Dozen continues in good form.
Selection: Polished Steel 2/1
6.15pm Arthur Guinness Handicap Hurdle
This looks a minefield. Stylish Moment ran well for a long way last time out. That was his first run for some time. He's entitled to improve plenty. This useful chaser gets to compete off a significantly lower mark over hurdles. Muhaafiz heads the long list of credible alternatives.
Selection: Stylish Moment 12/1
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6.45pm Guinness Galway Hurdle
This race promises to be run at a strong pace. That will play to the strengths of favourite Wonder Laish. I just worry that he might need a stiffer test of stamina. Charli Parcs has bags of speed. He should be very comfortable with the likely tempo of this race. He seems to have been around forever. That's probably something to do with his lofty reputation as a juvenile hurdler. In reality, he's only seven. He looked rejuvenated for a change of yard when winning in Leopardstown last time out. He appeals at rewarding odds. Mt Leinster is another who should enjoy the demands of this test.
Selection: Charli Parcs 20/1
7.15pm Guinness Novice Hurdle
Jon Snow looked a horse going places when winning on penultimate start in Leopardstown. He has since disappointed on the flat. Given how strong he was in the market that day, it's probably best to give the horse a pass. Rebel Gold posted a much improved effort when winning last time out.
Selection: Jon Snow 2/1
7.45pm Pure Brew Handicap Hurdle
Tune The Chello produced a dour staying performance when getting off the mark in Kilbeggan last time out. This stiffer test promises to elicit more improvement. The handicapper looks to have taken a civilised line with this unexposed sort. A 12 pound hike in the weights should be enough to stop The Trigger. He's in rare form though.
Selection: Tune The Chello 4/1
8.15pm Guinness Time Flat Race
Visionarian cost a few quid after winning a point-to-point. Perhaps connections can reap an immediate dividend here. Power Of Pause hasn't lived up to expectations. It's early days though.
Selection: Visionarian 8/1
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