Tuesday 18 September 2018
Galway Apprentice Handicap (45-70)
1m 4f 49y | Heavy | 18 Runners | Turf
Off time: 18:46 | Winning time: 2m 53.95s
Last of nine on return to action at Listowel last week. First time tongue-tie unlikely to bring about the required amount of improvement needed to play a role here.
Veteran was a 50/1 winner in July 2017 and landed another shock at 25/1 in a Sligo handicap on good ground last month. Tough ask off new mark at Down Royal latest.
Gallant fourth of 18 beaten a little over 4L in a 1m4f handicap here at the festival last month. 2lb drop in the handicap may not be enough.
Got off the mark on turf at the third time of asking for connections in a 1m2f Navan handicap earlier this month off a 5lb lower mark. Entitled to make the shortlist.
Fair fourth when making his handicap debut over an extended 1m4f at Down Royal before disappointing here at the festival in July. Plenty to prove.
Improved performance when finishing 4¼L seventh over 1m6f at the festival last month before a dismal effort at Roscommon over 1m2f on soft ground. Others preferred.
Distance winner not disgraced in three seasonal starts for new connections but there appears to be better handicapped types lurking in this contest.
Game sort who has been running well in defeat for most of the campaign. Shortlisted up in trip and first-time cheekpieces sure to assist.
Unexposed sort who was a beaten favourite over a similar trip on handicap debut at Sligo last month. Open to plenty of improvement.
Definite promise when turning out on a couple of occasions here at the festival last month including second of 15 over C&D. Has the form to make a bold bid.
Hit hard by the handicapper for heavy ground win at Clonmel earlier this season. Not been competitive since and may find this a tough assignment.
Generally well held in a couple of starts in the spring. First time tongue-tie less likely to bring about the required amount of progression needed to land a blow here.
Broadly well held in three maidens since July but this increase in trip on handicap debut could be well worth the wait.
Born To Sea colt now one from 19 with the win coming over 12-months ago at Down Royal in testing conditions. Recent efforts leave plenty to be desired and hard to recommend on form.
Plenty of encouragement finishing sixth of 14 beaten 3¾L in a Naas contest on handicap debut earlier this month but much more needed here.
No extra under pressure in the final furlong in a Naas handicap over 1m4f earlier this month leaving the filly without a win in seven career starts. Each way claims.
First Reserve: Generally well held in a series of disappointing starts over the summer running rather frequently in the process. May find it tough going once again.
Third Reserve: Pulled up in a Ballinrobe handicap hurdle when last seen over two-years ago. Hard to place any faith in on return.
Song Of The Sky (3/1), Flindt (13/2), Capital Fund (7/1), Faughill (10/1), Comeragh Haze (10/1), Lustful (10/1), Teologia (12/1), Aibell (12/1), Bobby Jean (14/1), El Tren (16/1), Scealai Aonair (16/1), Ashqar (16/1), Belle Free (16/1), Big Bad Sal (20/1), Glenbank King (20/1), Magic Sea (20/1), Paddy The Celeb (25/1), Killdunne (25/1), Byron Beauty (33/1), Danegeld (33/1), Rainbow Pride (33/1)
- Song Of The Sky