Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Monday, July 30

The 2018 Galway Festival gets underway on Monday evening
The 2018 Galway Festival gets underway on Monday evening

Timeform pick out their best three bets from the opening day of the Galway Festival on Monday...

"...it would be no surprise to see him go close with more luck..."

Timeform on Palace Guard

DEVIL'S GLEN - Galway 17:20

DEVIL'S GLEN did the job well on his debut in this sphere at Tipperary (readily by four and a half lengths under hands and heels) and is likely to have plenty more to offer, so could be the way to go for Alan Fleming in a race that is, admittedly, full of nice prospects. Easy Game appears to be the pick of the Willie Mullins-trained trio and is an obvious danger, while Count Simon looks sure to be involved and Lucky Icon is also afforded plenty of respect.

MOUNT TABORA - Galway 18:25

MOUNT TABORA produced the best effort of his short career to date when second at the Curragh last time and the application of blinkers for the first time could be just the edge he needs to see him off the mark in what looks a good maiden. Third World was just over five lengths behind the selection on that occasion but should get closer with that experience under his belt, while the fact Wargrave went off a well-backed favourite on debut suggests he's well regarded.

PALACE GUARD - Galway 19:05

PALACE GUARD looked unlucky not to finish much closer when sixth at Leopardstown last time, enduring trouble in-running in the final furlong and appearing to finish with running left. The handicapper has dropped him 1 lb on the back of that and it would be no surprise to see him go close with more luck. Stablemate Rapture's Delight is also on the shortlist but the selection may have most to fear from Krispen, who improved when winning at Sligo last month.

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