13:15 Galway

Plenty of rain is expected before racing in Galway. With that in mind, MUSIC DRIVE is taken to make a winning start over hurdles. He won his bumper on soft, yielding in places ground at Naas in February which earned him a shot at the Grade 1 Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival in which he came home eighth. The horse a place behind him in ninth landed a maiden hurdle in Worcester last month. Ahead Of The Posse has been placed in two of his three bumpers including when pipped by a head in Ballinrobe. This ground is likely to be much slower than he has encountered, but he looks a likely contender. Maidenstreetprince has improved on each of his three starts in bumpers and Philip Byrnes claims a useful 7lb on him.
Prediction : 1st Music Drive 2nd Ahead Of The Posse 3rd Maidenstreetprince

13:50 Galway

Pats Choice is the starting point after snapping a run of five runner-up finishes in a row at Navan last month. He got a handy lead and maintained it with a solid performance. The deluge of rain that is forecast may not play to his strengths, though. HGRANCA DE THAIX got through soft ground over further when last seen in a Punchestown novice handicap hurdle in January. He finished third in a big field and could build upon that. Jockey Michael O'Sullivan looks good value for his 7lb claim. There was plenty of cut in the ground when Archies Charm obliged by an easy four and a quarter lengths in a handicap chase at Downpatrick over a year ago. He is likely to be back over fences soon after this seasonal reappearance, but could be coming home stronger than most. Clairemc was a beaten favourite at Tramore in June, but could show the benefit of time off since then. Time Marches On gets first-time cheekpieces after being placed at Tipperary in June.
Prediction : 1st Hgranca De Thaix 2nd Archies Charm 3rd Pats Choice

14:25 Galway

Hard to find a solid one here but perhaps WILD CAPRICE can return to form under in-form Michael O'Sullivan. John Ryan's mare was runner-up on three occasions earlier in the summer, including in a 17-runner handicap hurdle at Down Royal. The horse that beat her went close off a 10lb higher mark next time. On her next start Wild Caprice found only a Willie Mullins-trained runner too strong in a Tramore maiden and she may appreciate reverting to the smaller obstacles after a spell over fences. Money Heist was placed in both point-to-point starts and has run in maiden hurdles and chases since. He lacks a recent run but starts off handicapping in a weak contest and the market will be instructive as to his chance. The Chapel Field ran respectably in a higher grade of handicap here last month after a layoff and, although much better as a chaser, might be capable of making an impact with Darragh O'Keeffe an interesting booking.
Prediction : 1st Wild Caprice 2nd Money Heist 3rd The Chapel Field

15:00 Galway

JON SNOW has a course hurdles win to his name and, having missed all of last year, has shown a good level of form in two starts over fences this summer. He was third over 2m2f here on chase debut and first two finished in the same positions in a Grade 3 at Roscommon last week. The French-bred then stepped up in trip to win at Killarney so there are no stamina concerns and he clearly acts well on the course at Ballybrit. Frontal Assault is obviously a danger on the form of his second to Lord Lariat in the Irish Grand National. He also had some smart novice form last term but doesn't have a great record fresh and may be vulnerable after his summer break. Darrens Hope was a disappointment at Listowel but the trip was too sharp for her and the ground too lively. She had some very creditable runs in good novice company last season and, with a run under her belt and the likelihood of easier ground, a much better run can be expected.
Prediction : 1st Jon Snow 2nd Frontal Assault 3rd Darrens Hope

15:35 Galway

IBERIQUE DU SEUIL can take advantage of the four-year-old weight allowance to make a winning debut over fences. A Grade 2 winner over hurdles last season, the Gordon Elliot-trained gelding sets a fair standard for the others to aim at. Although unproven over fences, he should have little to fear from this track, having finished second here on his Irish debut last October. Hallowed Star is somewhat of a course specialist, having recorded two of his three career wins at this venue. Having made a pleasing chasing debut here last time, the seven-year-old looks a leading contender. Point-to-point winner, Fameaftertheglory looks best of the rest. A decent hurdler last term, he has the potential to make up into an even smarter chaser this season.
Prediction : 1st Iberique Du Seuil 2nd Hallowed Star 3rd Fameaftertheglory

16:10 Galway

VADO FORTE is an interesting contender on his first start for Ross O'Sullivan. A good winner over course and distance in July, the nine-year-old was rather surprisingly dropped into claiming company on his next run. The weight rise he received for that latest win has been offset by Michael O'Sullivan reducing his burden by 7lb now. Jeremys Flame had a few of these behind when finishing sixth in the Galway Blazers Handicap Chase at the festival. The mare didn't quite see out the trip on that occasion so will be well suited to dropping back in distance. Gevrey should be approaching his peak on this third run after a summer break. The Gordon Elliott-trained six-year-old has some decent form that would give him every chance in a race of this nature.
Prediction : 1st Vado Forte 2nd Jeremys Flame 3rd Gevrey

16:45 Galway

WALKONTHEBRITESIDE is an intriguing prospect on racecourse debut. A half-brother to Grade 1 winner, Champ, he is bred to be a very decent horse. Sam Curling doesn't run that many under Rules but has an excellent record with his bumper horses and certainly knows how to have one ready at the first time of asking. Allibaba has more of a Flat pedigree, so his stamina could be tested at this stiff track. If he doesn't fail on that score then the Willie Mullins-trained gelding could have too much speed for the more stoutly-bred types. Point-to-point winner Affordale Fury has missed a couple of engagements of late but would be of interest if turning up here. While the bare form of his point win isn't that strong, he could do no more than beat the opposition on the day.
Prediction : 1st Walkonthebriteside 2nd Allibaba 3rd Affordale Fury

04/10/2022 Galway Acca