Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Tuesday July 26
Timeform pick out three bets from the second day of the Galway Festival on Tuesday.
"Beau Satchel has shaped better than the bare result on more than one occasion this season..."
Draco - 17:45 Galway
2013 Champion Bumper winner Briar Hill - a maiden point winner before that - is currently favourite for his chasing debut this evening, but he has had a frustrating time since winning a Grade 2 novice back in January 2014, falling in the Albert Bartlett and the Boyne Hurdle and never threatening a win on his other three starts. He is of course in excellent hands, but is worth taking on as favourite here with Draco, who was third on his chasing debut at Killarney last time despite shaping as though he was in need of the run. That should have put him spot on for this and he can provide Joseph O'Brien with another winner.
Sea Wolf - 19:20 Galway
Sea Wolf ended his spell with Michael Dods in good form, finishing fourth in the November Handicap last season and then a close second on his return to action at Ayr before he switched yards to join Ger Lyons. Sea Wolf produced his best effort to date on debut for Lyons at the Curragh last month, winning a handicap by three lengths, and though the handicapper has had a fairly hefty say since then (up 11 lb in the weights) he may well have more to offer for his new connections and remains of interest here despite that rise. There are plenty of challengers here in a wide open race, and Dermot Weld's pair Ashraf and Karalara are also worth watching out for.
Beau Satchel - 19:50 Galway
Beau Satchel has an excellent record over this C&D, winning this race last season, adding to another C&D success in 2014, and he must be in with a big chance of extending his good record here (two from three at the track) from a 3 lb lower mark than this time last year. Beau Satchel has shaped better than the bare result on more than one occasion this season, poorly positioned on his last three starts in fact, and he looks set to relish the return to a well-run race at seven furlongs here. Dermot Weld's Malinka is worthy of plenty of respect as is Beat the Ballot.
Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All from Galway)
Back Draco in the 17:45
Back Sea Wolf in the 19:20
Back Beau Satchel in the 19:50