14:45 Galway

SIN E SHEKELLS made a good start in handicaps when third at Leopardstown and, with his rider's valuable claim, can defy a 4lbs rise in the ratings. The Bated Breath gelding had Take My Hand a couple of lengths behind him that day and can confirm the form. Ya Ya Baby has done little wrong in finishing runner-up on her last two outings and, up 5lbs in total for those efforts, she's clearly a danger to all. Dragon Of Malta was touched off by a subsequent improver in a nursery at this track last year and might leave this season's form well behind, while Do The Twist ran well in a couple of fairly strong maidens at Gowran Park and is a potential improver in her first handicap.
Prediction : 1st Sin E Shekells 2nd Ya Ya Baby 3rd Take My Hand

15:15 Galway

FOURHOMETWO went close on debut at Gowran Park and can go one place better. Johnny Murtagh's colt, by 2015 Gimcrack winner Ajaya, was beaten only half a length by Southern Cape on that first outing, with the odds-on winner having been narrowly denied on his previous run at Leopardstown. The Last Knight kept on nicely into fourth behind stablemate Coill Avon at the Curragh last weekend and should progress from that with the extra furlong likely to suit. The form of Burgoo Alley's debut fourth at Bellewstown is working out quite well and she's another to consider, while the Charm Spirit colt Louisville is respected on his debut.
Prediction : 1st Fourhometwo 2nd The Last Knight 3rd Burgoo Alley

15:50 Galway

Several of these will be having their second outings of the week at Ballybrit, and MULZAMM might follow up Tuesday's victory over a furlong further. Having got a 2lbs hike for his previous second at Leopardstown, the Cape Cross gelding will race off an 8lbs higher mark here but is in great heart at the moment. Mulzamm's handler Denis Hogan retired from race-riding on Thursday to concentrate on training, and his other runners Lincoln, Darkened (second over 1m here on Tuesday) and handicap debutant Scherzando all have claims as well. Eastern Racer had The Mpex Kid back in fourth when winning over this trip here on the opening evening of the Festival, and is respected, and Ultra Pride (due to run here on Saturday) is another with a chance for a trainer with a good recent record at this big meeting.
Prediction : 1st Mulzamm 2nd Eastern Racer 3rd The Mpex Kid

16:20 Galway

NJORD had several of these behind him when caught close home in the big mile handicap here on Tuesday evening, and might go one place better. Jessica Harrington's progressive sort runs off the same mark before his reassessed rating kicks in and, although 7f is definitely on the sharp side for him, he gets the vote to enhance a good record at the track. Of those behind the selection earlier in the week, On A Session (sixth) might do best having been second in this race last year. Laughifuwant overcame a poor draw to win this last year, so is not ruled out despite being done no favours again (stall 18), but last year's Irish Cambridgeshire winner Jassaar hasn't fared well on two previous runs at this venue. Down the weights, Mr Wendell and Flaming Moon have shown a fair bit of potential but it hasn't been a race in which three-year-olds have prospered in recent times and they might find a few of these too battle-hardened at this stage of their careers.
Prediction : 1st Njord 2nd On A Session 3rd Laughifuwant

16:50 Galway

One or two in here might have more scope for improvement, but nonetheless the 84-rated PROSE sets the standard and might get off the mark on her sixth outing. The Galileo filly was placed on her last two starts, and going back up to this trip should suit. Sometimes Aidan O'Brien's fillies take a few runs to really find their stride, and it may be worth keeping the faith with her although it's interesting that she hasn't started favourite for any of her races yet. Alaiya and La Joya both ran respectably over 10f last time and may improve for the extra quarter-mile here, while Starlight Dream improved a good bit to be third at Down Royal and is a promising sort. From powerful stables, Golddragon Reef and Lady Dahlia are two respected newcomers.
Prediction : 1st Prose 2nd La Joya 3rd Alaiya

17:20 Galway

BIGBADANDBEAUTIFUL could prove to be a shade of value. Gordon Elliott's mare has two Listed bumper victories in her locker, and was also runner-up in a Grade 2 bumper at Leopardstown. The six-year-old is unexposed in this sphere having switched to the Flat to land a 10-furlong maiden in Roscommon last month. She ought to relish the step up to an extended mile and five furlongs, and is ground versatile. She has plenty to find on ratings with Buildmeupbuttercup, who has a mark of 101 and is clearly the horse to beat. The latter ran fifth in the Galway Hurdle on Thursday evening, though, so it is a quick turnaround for her. Camphor has been keeping good company and wouldn't be winning out of turn. She has been runner-up in her two visits to Galway but this trip asks new questions. She was beaten a fair way over a mile and six when last seen in the Curragh, however, that was Group 2 company. Tandem, who was placed in the Cork Derby, ran out a ready winner of a qualified riders' race in Leopardstown earlier in the month. The Cork Derby form has been franked and Tandem looks dangerous in what shapes up to be a good race.
Prediction : 1st Bigbadandbeautiful 2nd Buildmeupbuttercup 3rd Tandem

17:50 Galway

Joseph O'Brien won this race last year and could repeat the feat with DAWN OVER OWNING. The No Nay Never colt saw out a mile and six really well in Killarney when getting off the mark by a neck in mid-July. He could start to make headway over staying trips. His penultimate outing in Leopardstown reads well as although he was a somewhat remote seven-length second to Red Kelly, the latter then defied a 21lb hike to score in the Ulster Derby. Eight And Bob is sure to have plenty of supporters on the back of a closing third in an extended two-mile handicap at the festival on Tuesday evening. He has to go on the shortlist. Likewise, Alabaster came in second in a handicap hurdle on Thursday, and now attempts to exploit a mark of 70 on the level. Swelltime is interesting after obliging in a maiden hurdle at Gowran Park. On his previous start, he lost out by the minimum margin in a mile-and-a-half handicap at the Curragh. He can certainly be effective off a mark of 62.
Prediction : 1st Dawn Over Owning 2nd Eight And Bob 3rd Swelltime

02/08/2020 Galway Acca

Sin E Shekells

Galway 14:45

Fourhometwo

Galway 15:15

Mulzamm

Galway 15:50

Njord

Galway 16:20

Prose

Galway 16:50

Bigbadandbeautiful

Galway 17:20

Dawn Over Owning

Galway 17:50