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 Thursday and we could be witnessing a proper star in the making from the De Bromhead stable!
Ilmig got the better of Carrarea at Cork when the pair met this month but Emmet Mullins’ gelding should appreciate this very stiff right-hand track more and can turn the tables. He won both of his bumper starts and Mullins is already on the board this week with Zero Ten, while his only other runner at Galway thus far was second.
City Island has lost his way after what was an incredible start to his career over hurdles which resulted in him winning the Grade 1 Ballymore Novices’ at the Cheltenham Festival in 2019. It has been downhill since but he is lightly raced over fences and was second in a Grade 3 over the larger obstacles last year so he is a tentative each-way selection.
Gin On Lime of the Henry de Bromhead yard looks like a mare that could be going right to the top after completing her hat-trick of wins at Limerick this month, routing the field by 12 lengths. She has won her last three starts by a total of 62 lengths and although this is a step up in class, she should take it in her stride.
Embittered was well backed for success over fences at Wexford last time out but found one too good but would definitely have a squeak here judged on the pick of his hurdles form. Once a close-up fourth to Colreevy in a Grade 1 bumper, the last time he was seen over hurdles he finished third to Saint Roi in the County Hurdle at the Festival. Young Fitzgerald takes off 7lb so could be well treated now.
Bear Claws is a runner that likes to be up near the front end pace wise and track position is vital around here so there is a chance that he could get a soft enough time of it. He has winning form going right-handed at Tramore and the ground should be perfect for him, while he outran his odds at the Festival when fourth in a much tougher race here last year.
The Dara Man might have a good bit to find with a few of these but there was an awful lot to like about the way he quickened clear to win his maiden hurdle at Ballinrobe last week and connections are running him here trying to strike while the iron is hot. No forlorn hope in this.
It Could Be You has been running well of late, well enough to think a win here is very possible. The Thomas Mullins-trained gelding was runner-up a series final at Punchestown in April and ran with credit when third at Ballinrobe from 1lb lower when last seen. Should go well.
Golden De Coeur was heavily backed into favourite for his debut run at Killarney in May but disappointed in ninth of the 18 runners. The winner of that race Banbridge looks like a class act in the making and has won his two subsequent races since so the Bowe horse is worth another chance.
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