Robbie McNamara is no stranger to riding winners at Ballybrit and he’s no stranger to tipping up a few as well. Yesterday’s tips landed no less than one winner and three placed selections and he’s got some interesting bets on Galway Plate day.
Robbie’s Galway Races tips – day three:
The quick version
3.35 Lilly The Lioness
4.10 Lone Star
4.45 Time To Inspire
5.30 Colour Squadron/Shanpallas
6.05 Credit The Giver
7.10 New Agenda
The Mullins/Walsh combination has been hard to beat at Galway this week, but Thomas Hobson is one of their fancies that I’ll oppose. He was running keen when he fell on his debut over hurdles and I could see something similar happening again. Stuccodor had two good runs during the winter and was unlucky not to win at Fairyhouse back in January. He’s been running in very competitive races against good horses so I’d forgive him for not winning yet.
This race is wide open and you can make a case for a lot of them, but Garrett Power has a mare called Lilly The Lioness that caught my eye. She won over hurdles at Wexford in June, ran well over fences a couple of weeks back and she might just be ahead of the handicapper. She could run a big race at a nice price.
The Aidan O’Brien/Barry Geraghty team isn’t one you see too often these days and it stands out to me. Lone Star is a very experienced four year old. He’s by Sea The Stars so he should handle the ground and in a tough race, he’s the pick.
Dermot Weld hasn’t been banging in the winners the way he normally does at Galway but Time To Inspire looks like one who could give the yard their first win since Mond
Robbie’s bet: Colour Squadron and Shanpallas
5.30 – Galway Plate – 2m 6 1/2f
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Colour Squadron has run some good races in some big handicaps over in England and he’s a quality horse. He’s a bit complicated, but the move to Enda Bolger’s yard may have straightened him up a bit and he could run a big race. My other one is Shanpallas – another runner for JP McManus. There are’t many trainers shrewder than Charles Byrnes and this will have been the target for a long time.
The Aidan O’Brien horse, Credit The Giver is the one to beat here. He had three encouraging runs at the Paul Hickey yard and he’s probably a better horse than his handicap mark suggests.
Shahzeena for Dermot Weld will be the pick for a lot of people but there’s one lurking at the bottom of the handicap that I’m sweet on. Laganore for Tony Martin. She won last week at Naas after putting in a couple of decent runs to start her career. She’s in off a nice handicap mark here and she gets the nod.
The market says it’s all about New Agenda for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen and I can’t oppose them. He ran out of steam a bit on his debut at Navan in May, but he’ll be a better horse for that.