Timeform Shortlist: Galway, Monday July 31

The first day of the Galway Festival starts on Monday
The first day of the Galway Festival starts on Monday

Timeform's free Shortlist comes from Galway on Monday.

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5.20 galwaybayhotel.com & radissonhotelgalway.com Novice Hurdle 2m130y

Timeform Top Rated:
141P 1. LE RICHEBOURG Joseph Patrick O'Brien Barry Geraghty
140p 3. TWOBEELUCKY Henry de Bromhead A. E. Lynch
137p 2. NESSUN DORMA W. P. Mullins R. Walsh

Analyst's Verdict:
Le Richebourg has looked a seriously good novice hurdler, readily following up his debut success at Killarney 11 days ago, stroming clear. He remains open to significant improvement and can complete the hat-trick. Nessun Dorma and Twobeelucky have also made bright starts in this sphere and ought to be thereabouts, while Dermot Weld's fairly useful Flat winner Aydoun also merits a second look.


5.55 Easyfix Handicap Hurdle 2m130y

Timeform Top Rated:
129 14. HE'S OUR MAN Anthony McCann C. Brassil (5)
125 4. ARTFUL ARTIST A. J. Martin Davy Russell
124 1. EMPRESARIO Matthew J. Smith A. E. Lynch

Analyst's Verdict:
Artful Artist shaped well from an unpromising position at Fairyhouse last time and has likely been aimed at this prize. He gets the nod in an open-looking event. Successor is open to improvement on handicap debut and is feared most, whilst Canny Tom and He's Our Man are also of interest.


6.25 claregalwayhotel.ie (C & G) Irish European Breeders Fund Maiden 7f

Timeform Top Rated:
99 3. MEDAL OF HONOUR Joseph Patrick O'Brien Donnacha O'Brien
85p 2. IMPACTFUL J. S. Bolger K. J. Manning
76 5. QUIZICAL Ms Sheila Lavery R. P. Whelan

Analyst's Verdict:
Medal of Honour and Impactful look the pair to focus on here, the former was no match for his impressive stablemate at the Curragh recently, yet a repeat of that performance may well see him good enough to open his account here. Spiorad Saoirse can emerge best of the remainder.


7.05 claytonhotelgalway.ie Handicap 7f

Timeform Top Rated:
92 2. NOTHING TO LOSE John McConnell K. J. Leonard (5)
89 10. COOL COLONNADE W. McCreery William James Lee
89 12. TWIST OF MAGIC J. J. Feane C. T. Keane

Analyst's Verdict:
Nothing To Lose is progressing well and can add another win to his tally given he was value a bit extra for his success at Ffos Las last week. The dangers are headed by Delegating and Empress Lyla.


7.40 Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap 2m179y

Timeform Top Rated:
80 11. SWAMP FOX Joseph G. Murphy Mr J. C. Barry (5)
78? 22. MOUNTAIN ROCK A. P. Keatley Reserve
77 23. ALTON BAY Peter Fahey Reserve

Analyst's Verdict:
Swamp Fox won this race 12 months ago from 11 lb lower, but on the evidence of his recent hurdles form, is more than capable of winning from his inflated mark. This is clearly a very deep race, and a victory for the selection or Automated will see a shake-up in the Galway Hurdle betting later in the week, with Rashaan another to take seriously back on the level.


8.10 Eventus Handicap 1½m84y

Timeform Top Rated:
99 4. THUNDER CRASH G. M. Lyons G. F. Carroll
98 10. TENTH AMENDMENT R. P. McNamara C. D. Hayes
98 3. PEARL OF THE WEST P. A. Fahy William James Lee

Analyst's Verdict:
Acclamatio was much improved fitted with a tongue tie when making a successful return at Killarney a fortnight ago and another big run looks on the cards. The hat-trick-seeking Hyperdrive has leading claims, while Eagle Spirit is worth a look for last year's winning yard.


8.40 Mcettigan's I.N.H. Flat 2m130y

Timeform Top Rated:
114 9. CHESS GRAND MASTER Joseph Patrick O'Brien Mr T. Hamilton (5)
104p 7. ANALYTICAL MINDSET R. P. McNamara Mr D. O'Connor
96 2. DAYNA MOSS Peter Fahey Ms K. Walsh

Analyst's Verdict:
You suspect this will go to a newcomer, with Poet Power making plenty of appeal on paper for Willie Mullins. Chess Grand Master chased home a promising stablemate at Killarney on debut and will go close if improving on that. Analytical Minds is another solid contender.


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