Galway Festival: Pinsticker guide and big race Templegate tips for Day 1 of Galway with hot Willie Mullins favourite | The Sun

Galway Festival: Pinsticker guide and big race Templegate tips for Day 1 of Galway with hot Willie Mullins favourite | The Sun

July 24, 2022

THE punting bonanza that is the Galway Festival kicks off on Monday.

We'll have all you need through the week as we start with Day 1's big race, the Connacht Hotel Handicap (6.40).

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COLTOR can retain his Connacht Hotel crown.

He battled to take this 12 months ago and will be trained to the minute by Dermot Weld.

Echoes In Rain is the obvious danger at a skinny price, while Lot Of Joy has good form in Sweden and makes his debut for Willie Mullins.

Farout is another with a major chance, while Crowns Major looks the pick of the big prices.

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FIVER FLUTTER

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TEMPLEGATE'S TIPS

Templegate NAP looks hard to beat in big race at Pontefract on Sunday

MATT CHAPMAN

I'm all over this massive outsider at Ascot on Saturday – let's have an upset

FAVORITE MOON 2

MOON set. Group 3 winner in Australia for William Haggas but has shown little in Ireland. Fair run over hurdles last time but a lot of weight back on the level.

TAIPAN 2

PANNED. Fair run after 11 months off when second at Bellewstown latest. Makes handicap debut off a hefty mark and has to prove his liking for this trip.

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CROWNS MAJOR 4

MAJOR say. Goes well here and handles a big field. Showed little on Flat comeback at The Curragh but needed that and has place claims.

WHISKEY SOUR 3

SWEET on Sour. Won this in 2017 and has a Chester Cup third on his CV. Fit from a hurdles win and stays well so can’t be discounted.

POWERFUL AGGIE 3

AGGIE-do. Enjoyed 2m when pipped at Naas in October and will find this easier than the Listed races she’s been trying. Up the weights but can improve. Place hope.

LOT OF JOY 4

HAPPY Joy. Makes debut for Willie Mullins after success in Sweden where she was second in their Oaks and scored over this sort of trip. Could be ahead of the handicapper and won’t be far away.

NUITS ST GEORGES 2

ST sinner. Won a couple of handicaps in England before moving to HDB. Was a fair sixth at The Curragh last time when a bit unlucky. Trip suits but he needs his very best.

COLTOR 5

TOR can score. Won this last year and back to form when winning over hurdles last time. Has been laid out for this by Dermot Weld and trip and track suit. Every chance again.

LYNWOOD GOLD 3

GOLD run. Good comeback at Killarney when hampered and was fifth in this last year from 1lb higher. Should be fitter for that comeback and is in the mix.

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MAZE RUNNER 3

MAY A-Maze. Up 8lb for winning at The Curragh on comeback but did it well and saw out this trip nicely. This is tougher but he’s run well here before and has an each-way shout.

CASK MATE 3

CASK not bitter. Useful hurdler, ran well in the Ladies’ Derby at The Curragh last time on Flat handicap debut. Should stay this longer trip and is a fair price.

ECHOES IN RAIN 4

RAIN dance. Grade 1-winning hurdler, was a good second on Flat debut at The Curragh last time when staying 1m6f. Should get this longer trip and on a fair mark. Short price but big chance.

MONAS MELODY 3

MONAS happy. Has just one Flat win but close at Killarney last time when staying well. A 2lb rise is fair and she was second at this meeting last year.

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PYLE HIGH CLUB

Huge King George shock at Ascot as outsider Pyledriver wins at 18-1

FIVER FLUTTER

This 10-1 shot will love being back at this trip and can cause a shock

TEMPLEGATE'S TIPS

Templegate NAP looks hard to beat in big race at Pontefract on Sunday

MATT CHAPMAN

I'm all over this massive outsider at Ascot on Saturday – let's have an upset

NO SAY EVER 3

EVER ready. Not been easy to train with two runs since his seventh at last year’s meeting. Didn’t show much at The Curragh last time but on a fair mark if finding his best.

CALL MY BLUFF 2

BLUFFER. Fair form in England in lesser races and trip suits. Still 6lb higher than his last win and didn’t show much at Kempton last time.

FOVEROS 3

FAB Fov. Second in this last year and a fair 3lb higher in the weights now. Needed his comeback at The Curragh last time but he weakened very quickly, which is a worry. Capable of bouncing back.

DUTCH SCHULTZ 2

DON’T go Dutch. Didn't show much over hurdles last winter. Won over 1m4f on Flat debut at Gowran in October but needs more from 12lb higher.

WINTERWATCH 2

WATCH out. Solid form at low level in UK and improved at this trip when winning at Kempton latest. A 6lb rise is fair but this is his toughest test yet.

LUNAR POWER 2

POWER cut. Classy hurdler who won at Leopardstown on the level in October. Is a whopping 12lb higher so needs to improve in this stronger company.

FAROUT 4

OUT to win. Improved hurdler who found 1m4f short back on the Flat at Leopardstown. This longer trip should be ideal and he’s handicapped to go close.

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