Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Walsh to whip up a storm

Ruby Walsh takes the ride aboard Victrix Gale.

Timeform highlight three bets on today's card at Galway...

"Victrix Gale (16:10) has been shaping up well over fences in Britain of late, and the case for him is quite compelling from this lower hurdles mark with Ruby Walsh booked..."

Galway's 15:35 is as competitive as the numbers would suggest, with 20 set to go to post. Six Stone Ned is back hurdling on a very fair mark given his recent improved chase form and is a sporting selection, though King High, Define and Point The Toes are just 3 possible dangers. The seven-year-old showed fairly useful form in bumpers/over hurdles and good start over fences, winning a Kilbeggan maiden in June and matched that form when runner-up back there. Very fairly treated back over timber and could go well.

Victrix Gale (16:10) has been shaping up well over fences in Britain of late, and the case for him is quite compelling from this lower hurdles mark with Ruby Walsh booked. Recent winners Landero and Your Busy have to be respected, whilst Blissful Moment could prove a different proposition after a break. Victrix Gale rattled off a hat-trick over hurdles/fences early last season. Pulled clear with winner at Perth in April and excused Uttoxeter defeat since, so interesting back hurdling with a top jockey in the plate.

Carlingford Lough will be interesting if getting a run, but in his absence the vote goes to Jacksonslady (17:30), who should be suited by ground/trip and goes well for Barry Geraghty. Laganbank may prove best of the Willie Mullins trio, while Romanesco is respected if his jumping holds up, though Muirhead ran well in this last year and appeals most for each-way purposes. Jacksonslady has done well since switched to fences last season, showing useful form to land a 17f handicap at Leopardstown in December. Not disgraced in the Irish National or a couple of spins on the Flat since.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Galway
Back Six Stone Ned in the 15:35
Back Victrix Gale in the 16:10
Back Jacksonslady in the 17:30

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