Galway Day Three Tips: Jury Duty to deliver Plate success for Elliott and Russell
The Galway Plate is the feature race from Ballybrit on Wednesday, and Alan Dudman has two selections for a star-studded field. He also has two plays later for the Flat...
"The drop back in trip will also suit and whilst I was looking at better ground for him, there is rain forecast for Wednesday and that shouldn't hinder his chances as he has plenty of form in soft and heavy."
19:20 Galway - Back two for Plate success
A new slot for the feature Galway Plate and a real treat for evening racing viewers on Wednesday. It might be a new time but it could be a case of "as you were" with six Gigginstown representatives - as is often the way in these top handicaps. The maroon and white silks have lifted this race in three of the last four editions.
The champion owners had 13 entered and clearly mean business, as does trainer Henry De Bromhead.
There was plenty of Sportsbook support for the yard's Calino D'Airy last night - and he was backed from 14/1 to 9/1.
He fits the profile with the recent trend of six and seven year-olds doing well. He's a lightly-raced up-and-comer who is 2-2 at the track who appears to travel and jump well. He has dipped his toes into Grade 1 company, and this will be his first time at this sort of trip.
I prefer the claims of his stablemate Sub Lieutenant at a much bigger price, though. He's a class act who according to Gigginstown's Eddie O'Leary "has never had the rub of the green".
It's going to be tough from top weight and a mark of 158, but he's not running in Grade 1 company anymore - and it might be a bit of a relief. Whilst Calino D'Airy has won a couple of minor races at Galway, Sub Lieutenant can boast a recent fourth in the Punchestown Gold Cup and a fourth in the Ryanair. Indeed, his run at Punchestown saw him travel quite well but he didn't see out the trip.
He's an excellent jumper and should go well. I will back him at around [23.0]. There are 5 Places and 6 Places markets available too.
My other play in the race is Jury Duty - who goes handicapping from a mark of 149 for the old firm of Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell. He can be backed at 10/1 on the Sportsbook.
The 7yo has placed form in decent novice company and he can handle these sort of big fields as shown when finishing third in the 2017 Pertemps at Cheltenham. Indeed, he travelled very well in that from a mark of 145 - so he could be treated nicely from a 4lb higher mark over fences.
The drop back in trip will also suit and whilst I was looking at better ground for him, there is rain forecast for Wednesday and that shouldn't hinder his chances as he has plenty of form in soft and heavy. I was pleased to read that Gordon Elliott rates him as as best chance in his latest Betfair column ahead of day three.
20:00 Galway - Back Collins to deliver with Beckwith
Trainer Tracey Collins has only had four winners this season, but hopefully she can add to that tally with Beckwith Place.
He looked a nice prospect for the yard on his juvenile debut late in 2017 at Gowran. The winner of that had a bit of form tied in with Saxon Warrior (and was subsequently beaten in a Group 3), whilst Giuseppe Garibaldi finished behind Beckwith Place in seventh - and he's gone on to decent things now rated nearly 110.
Collins' horse travelled nicely from a wide position in that, and he made no mistake on his first run this term when winning in soft ground at Tipperary. It didn't look the strongest of races but at least the second and third have both gone on to win.
The comeback race mentioned was back in May, and he's been off 79 days since then. Whether he's had a setback I don't know, or this could have been the plan to keep him fresh. Either way, he has won off a break so it's not an issue, and he certainly seems to enjoy soft conditions. If the forecast materialises, soft ground could really suit.
A mark of 80 on his debut run looks fair enough for a step up in trip to a mile, and the price of 7/1 on the Sportsbook makes a bit of appeal in an open race.
20:30 Galway - Weather forecast to suit the Serpent
A nice easy one to end with! A 20-runner handicap over 2m in the 0-80 band with runners ranging from three to ten years of age. It's that variety that makes the meeting so popular and well supported. Whether I can find the winner though is another matter.
One horse that won't mind the forecast rain is Slippery Serpent, and he stays well. Add to that a single-figure draw, he'll be my sole bet in the race.
He may be a 7yo but he's fairly lightly-raced over hurdles and Flat, but he does have a few runs under his belt in the bumper sphere. His only outing on the level came last time at Leopardstown in a rare 1m7f Maiden. That was on quick ground and was his first appearance for several months following a chipped bone in his knee, and he managed to win that which bodes well for more Flat success.
Stamina seems to be his forte and he has a good attitude. He could have a bit more to offer from a mark of 78 and warrants a small interest in the finale.
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Back Sub Lieutenant win [23.0] and place [5.0] in the 19:20 at Galway
Back Jury Duty @ [10.0] in the 19:20 at Galway
Back Beckwith Place @ [8.0] in the 20:00 at Galway
Back Slippery Serpent @ [14.0] in the 20:30 at Galway