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Horse Racing - Racing: Phill Anderson's Galway day five tips

It's day five of Galway's seven-day festival on Friday and Phill Anderson from the Racing Post has a trio of bets from the card.

7.40 Galway
Lamprog @ 16/1
1pt each-way

5.30 Galway
Blue News @ 5/1
1pt each-way

8.10 Galway
Sandhurst @ 10/3
2pt win

Progressive 3yo filly to bounce back

It's another competitive day of racing at Galway on Friday and the one-mile handicap (7.40) looks wide-open, but at decent odds, Lamprog might be worth chancing.

She looked like a progressive filly earlier this season, winning back to back handicaps in April before a narrow defeat in her hat-trick bid at Gowran. She then did well from off the pace to finish a close third in a Sligo handicap.

Those runs show that a mark of 66 may not be the ceiling of her ability and she can be forgiven her latest start when too bad to be true in a Navan handicap. The Navan outing was her fifth run in just seven weeks and she may be able to resume progress having been freshened up in the interim.

Grappa Nonino is a big danger to the selection, despite the wide draw and Jessica Harrington's Princess Azure gave the impression a return to form may be near last time. The latter could be involved from a handy draw (2) for a yard enjoying a fine week.

Blue News can deliver for in-form yard

Earlier on the card in the 7f Flat maiden (5.30), Dermot Weld's filly Keep In Touch might take up a fair chunk of the market given her trainer's record at this meeting and it might be worth taking her on with Blue News.

Andrew Slattery's charge seemed to relish his first try on quick ground at Navan last time when only narrowly denied (conceded first run to the winner) and a liking for fast ground should come as no surprise given his breeding.

That looks like decent form too, with a solid yardstick back in third and both his pedigree, and the way he shapes in his races, suggest he's going to relish a first try at a stiff seven furlongs.

The wide draw is the main concern, but the main danger to the selection, Keep In Touch, is also drawn wide and the other likely threat, Thunderbear, has been struggling to get away on terms.

Given that plenty of this field are inexperienced, a wide gate might not hinder the selection's claims too much.

Sandhurst to get back on track

The conditions of the penultimate race on the card (8.10) give Sandhurst leading claims of getting his head back in front.

He looked like a promising middle-distance prospect when trained by Aidan O'Brien, finishing runner-up in last year's Chester Vase, and he has untapped potential making just his sixth career start against more exposed rivals.

His return was admittedly fairly low-key, finishing in behind re-opposing rival Shoshone Warrior but that was his first run in more than a year and most of Jessica Harrington's horses come on plenty for a reappearance run.

He can resume progress here, in receipt of weight from most of his rivals and only having to concede 1lb to the filly Azallya, who is rated 9lb lower than the selection.

By Phill Anderson

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