Galway Festival 2014 – Day 2

(Latin Quarter Chase (5YO plus) (5.35) – Domination has been having a very successful time of things this summer and can land another decent price. A fine flat horse – he turned the Ascot Stakes into a procession and was a close second in a Listed event afterwards – and he ran a solid race when second at Killarney earlier this month, one of the leading form efforts in this field, and he should take the beating once again.


Calin Annamh, a comprehensive winner at Kilbeggan two starts back, wasn’t out of the running when going down in that event, but Domination was going the better of the two and is 2lbs better at the weights today, which swerves the choice in favour of Charles Bynes’ charge. Pride of the Artic hasn’t shown the same form in many starts since and many of the others in this field seem to be on the downgrade.



Advice: 1 pt win Domination (5/2 general)


Topaz Mile Handicap (3YO plus) (6.40) – Jack’s Revenge has been in fine form and can make a bold bid to take the prize back to England. Two starts ago he bumped into the extremely progressive Absolutely So – who has since finished a close second in the Bunbury Cup -at Goodwood, and he then followed that up with a fine run in the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Ascot last time. A solid performer in these big field events, he also has the bonus of a plus draw from stall 4, which could prove to be crucial in this field.




The last 3-year-old winner of this was in 2004, but the claims of Maskoon are hard to escape. His third in a competitive Curragh handicap to Table Rock has been boosted by the subsequent winner’s listed win at Newmarket, where he drew clear with the runner up in a useful contest, and the runner up has since filled the same position on his next start.



Dermot Weld’s pairing of Defining Year and Calibrate both need respecting, with the former having first time blinkers and Clibarate having potential to improve for her first run of the season (and just her fourth in total) while Brian Ellison’s duo of Barweez and Balty Boys can be both be given chances on their good wins even if both could have done with a much better draw for this assignment; The likes of Hint of a Tint and Pintura also made a very long list of contenders.


1 pt each/way Jack’s Revenge (10/1 Ladbrokes), 1 pt each/way Maskoon, (10/1 general) Handicap (55-80) (7.10) – The way Alieo shaped at Killarney twelve days ago suggested that one of these contests was well within his domain and he can go close today. That was just his second Irish flat start and off a mark that’s just 2lbs higher than for that effort, he makes the most appeal of anything in the field for Willie Mullins.



Advice: 1 pt each/way Alieo (17/2 general)


Caulfield Industrial Athlone Handicap (55-80) (7.40) – Oor Jock was given no chance of getting clear run at the Curragh but the time before he’d coped well with his 9lbs rise when second at Leopardstown when just losing out in his bid for a hat-trick. His two previous wins were those of a horse quickly reclaiming former glories – he was once rated 95 – and he should get a far stronger pace from the off to aim that than he did at the Curragh which may have led to the field being so tightly congested.



Advice: 1 pt each/way Oor Jock (9/1 general)

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