Timeform's Irish team provide you with three bets from Galway on Monday afternoon...
Cloudy Rock hasn't met expectations over hurdles so far, a beaten odds-on favourite on debut in this sphere, but this represents the easiest task that she has faced to date and she can make her class tell...
Our first bet runs in the 22-furlong handicap chase at Galway (14:35) as we side with the JP McManus-owned Down Under who has been running consistently well of late. Down Under gained a deserved success at Gowran Park last time, jumping and travelling well before keeping on gamely under pressure, and, though he had nothing to spare at the line, he ought to carry on giving a good account as he hasn't been hit hard by the handicapper.
Cloudy Rock hails from a good family (dam is a half-sister to Shutthefrontdoor), showed enough ability to win a Point and a bumper and looks to have been found a good opportunity to register a first success over hurdles in the two-mile mares' maiden at 15:05. True, Cloudy Rock hasn't met expectations over hurdles so far, a beaten odds-on favourite on debut in this sphere, but this represents the easiest task that she has faced to date and she can make her class tell.
Roadtotheisland has been running well of late, finishing placed on his two most recent outings, and the booking of top 5-lb claimer Shane Shortall could be enough to see him gain a deserved win in the two-mile handicap hurdle at 15:35. Shortall has been a great find, superb value for his claim, consistently faring well on the Timeform Jockey Rankings, and his presence in the saddle could make a crucial difference. Roadtotheisland holds strong claims on the back of some promising efforts and looks fair value.
Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Galway
Back Down Under in the 14:35
Back Cloudy Rock in the 15:05
Back Roadtotheisland in the 15:35