Check out our race-by-race verdicts and nap selection for Sunday's meeting at Galway.
Sin E Shekells had been performing with credit in 5f maidens before making an encouraging handicap debut over this trip at Leopardstown so should get into contention. Take My Hand was a couple of lengths behind in that latter event but didn't get the run of the race and has since finished strongly over 7f at Gowran. YA YA BABY, headed close home on testing ground at Gowran, couldn't quite get to Scholastic at Limerick and though up 3lb looks the one to beat. Cobb And Co wasn't headed until the final furlong over 1m2f at Fairyhouse so should set a strong pace.
San Martino made a fair debut over a mile at Bellewstown and looked as though he needed further than this when staying on over the trip at Leopardstown. FOURHOMETWO made the long odds-on Southern Cape pull out all the stops on his debut on testing ground at Gowran and normal progress will see him very difficult to beat. Malaysian ran at the same fixture and should improve on better ground while Dame Dandy should be suited by stepping up in trip after two fair runs over 6f. Burgoo Alley missed the break at Bellewstown but ran well enough and will have come on for the experience.
Mulzamm was always travelling well when getting up close home over 7f here on Tuesday so the drop in trip shouldn't pose a problem though a 6lb penalty makes his task more difficult. His stable companion Lincoln, a winner at Fairyhouse early last month, is still on a fair mark despite a defeat at the Curragh last weekend. Eastern Racer won his ninth race when battling to victory over the track and trip on Monday and though 6lb higher has won off higher marks in the past. THE MPEX KID, who was beaten 4 lengths in that latter event, didn't get the clearest of runs and should get much closer on these terms so gets the nod in a tricky handicap. Darkened appreciated stepping up to and extended mile here on Tuesday while Capel At Dawn also appears better over further. Ultra Dawn looked to have a chance in the 3.45 yesterday so that result should be monitored.
Laughifyouwant won this a year ago from 12lb lower and continued in excellent form with placed efforts in Listed company. He should be thereabouts again despite a long break. Laugh A Minute wasn't beaten far in a similar race at the Curragh and can get into contention but NJORD can gain compensation for his nose defeat in a similar race over a mile here on Tuesday where he looked a certain winner until mugged on the line by last year's winner Saltonstall. Big Baby Blue was in the lead at this trip in that race so has to be considered as he'd won a similar race to this at the Curragh earlier. Bellewstown winner Lord Rapscallion didn't run as well from 6lb higher at Cork but the progressive Mr Wendell gets in here on a handy weight and could shake up the older horses.
PROSE, a daughter of Galileo out of a mare who has produced winners with her first two foals, has undoubtedly been disappointing but needs a victory for the paddocks and this looks a good opportunity. La Joya attracted support in what looked a decent Fairyhouse maiden and though never threatening will have come on for the experience. Starlight Dream was staying on over slightly shorter at Down Royal so looks certain to be suited by the extra while neither Lady Dahlia, a sister to a Group 2 winner, nor the €155,000 Golddragon Reef, would need to be special to make a successful debut in what looks a moderate maiden.
Dual bumper winner Buildmeupbuttercup ran well in the Galway Hurdle on Thursday, his first start since placed in top handicaps at Cheltenham and Leopardstown in the spring. A maiden winner over 1m4f here a year ago he shouldn't be inconvenienced by this trip. CAMPHOR has been narrowly beaten twice here in the past including at Listed level. She deserves a change of fortune and can make her allowance count. Triple bumper winner Bigbadandbeautiful made a successful debut under Flat Rules over 1m2f at Roscommon so she has to be a threat over this more suitable trip while ten-times winner Tandem looked on very good terms with himself at Leopardstown last month and Gavin Ryan's claim is a real bonus.
SWELLTIME followed a narrow defeat by the in-form Allora Yeats at the Curragh with a very easy victory over timber at Gowran and a mark of 62 looks to be underestimating his ability. Dawn Over Owning, from a yard in blistering form, stepped up to this trip for the first time at Killarney and came with a late burst to snatch the spoils so has to be considered despite a 7lb rise. Born By The Sea was headed right on the line over 2m here on Friday so is greatly respected but Acclamatio was withdrawn from that race when the going turned soft. Alabaster finished runner-up over hurdles on Thursday while Eight And Bob, runner-up in this a year ago, returned from a long break with a fine run over 2m here on Tuesday and has to be considered off the same mark. Son Of Hypnos produced his best run to date on his handicap debut here on Monday behind Flying Scotsman though was engaged to run in the 5.45 yesterday.