This year’s Galway festival has sprung numerous surprises, from Pateen’s easy victory on the first day, to Magna Carter providing the Shark Hanlon with a nice win yesterday evening.
Both of these came in at odds of 20/1 and they were relatively comfortable winners. Along with some big price winners there has also been some massive gambles that have failed miserably – most notably Michael O’Callaghan’s The Great Wall – who was backed off the board to no success.
These are difficult fields to assess, however, after viewing the form of the horses, we can help you win some cash with these three tips ahead of Thursday’s action.
2:15 Landofhopeandglory 16/1 (Boylesports)
This is trained by the in-form Joseph O’Brien, and is a massive price considering his natural talent. He was a winner last time out at Kilbeggan, defeating Potters Point and Discomio in the process.
Potters Point is also entered today and Landofhopeandglory most surely has the beating of him.
He also wasn’t disgraced last year during the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham where he was beaten by the ultra-talented Defi Du Seuil.
Today’s race is extremely competitive and Townshed trained by Willie Mullins, yet Landofhopeandglory possesses an abundance of talent himself and he’s a big price so he is a nice each-way shout.
4:35 Max Dynamite 9/2 (Ladbrokes)
Last year Willie Mullins won the coveted Galway hurdle with the lovable, and frustrating Clondaw Warrior.
He is also entered this year but he has gone up too much in the weights to be seen as a serious threat. However, Mullins’ decision to enter his globetrotter Max Dynamite in the big one is intriguing to say the least.
He has always been an incredibly talented Group 1 horse. Finishing second in the Melbourne Cup says it all.
He has had a long layoff from hurdling, actually his last hurdle race was the Galway Hurdle in 2015 where he finished second to Tony Martin’s Quick Jack.
This year he can go one step further and win this race for Mullins for the second year running.
6:00 Peacocks Secret 13/8 (Boylesports)
This horse has tested the patience for followers, after joining a new yard it may be time for Peacocks Secret to repay the favour for their loyalty.
He clearly is talented as he was bought for €40,000, and is a brother of Clondaw Court who was a smart sort in his own regard. Peacocks Secret has come very close, most notably last time out in Wexford where he was marginally defeated by Alan Fleming’s Suncroft.
Two third-placed finishes came before that in Punchestown and Kilbeggan respectively. In the later the two who finished ahead of him dead-heated and he was just a head off them so the talent is there, he has just been waiting for the right race and this writer believes he has found it.
David Rusk, Pundit Arena