It is Adrian Wall’s favourite week of the year, it is Galway Festival week. He has a tip for every race on the card on Wednesday and Willie Mullins has a pair of big-priced runners that Adrian really fancies too!
Jack Foley is a very promising 7lb claimer and he rides Willie Mullins’ Dysart Diamond in the opener. The top weight disappointed in a tough Punchestown handicap in April but was an impressive winner of a Leopardstown handicap hurdle last Christmas and she is technically just 3lb worse off here.
The Henry de Bromhead-trained Annie G ran out a 23-length winner of a Listowel maiden hurdle last month and could take this big step up in class in her stride. She gave the classy Gypsy Island a scare at Tipperary on her penultimate start and definitely looks like a potential Grade 1 horse in the making.
Gigginstown House Stud can get their week off to a good start with Desir Du Large, who looked in need of this step up in trip when a gallant second at Killarney in May, while this much stiffer track should also suit. Fourth in a Grade 2 on his penultimate start, he sets a good standard here.
Willie Mullins will make good use of Jack Foley’s extremely valuable 7lb claim aboard Brahma Bull who has solid credentials in the race of the day. The 10-year-old has won eight times from 16 National Hunt runs and arrives here off the back of a win in a valuable Punchestown handicap in May.
Jessica Harrington hit the ground running at Galway with two winners on Monday and with the yard in form Guiri must have outstanding claims. The six-year-old gelding came back from a break to win impressively at Punchestown in April and one would think that he could only improve for the run.
Henry de Bromhead has won this race twice since 2015 and Tiger Voice could add to the tally for a trainer who has several runners in the race. This horse battled well to win at Punchestown when last seen under this rider and he was an impressive winner at the Galway Festival last year over fences on soft ground.
Finny Maguire is on the crest of a wave after riding his second amateur derby winner in two years at Galway and he has a good opportunity here aboard Fanoir. She sets a decent standard here judged on her fourth at Punchestown last October where Finny actually rode the winner that day so he will know what is required here.
Derek O’Connor is a top booking for the Peter Fahey-trained Esperti, who was second in a Down Royal bumper on debut last month behind a nice type. He had no luck in running on the day and was forced to switch in the closing stages which cost him ground but he looks like the type that will relish the Galway hill.
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