Skip to content
en-gb GO TO bet365 Sports
  1. Horse Racing

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

Galway is the venue for what promises to be a fantastic seven-race card on Wednesday. Phill Anderson has picked out three selections for the Irish action.

6.40 Galway
Gabynako @ 11/1
1pt each-way

7.50 Galway
Sir Antonino @ 1/1
1pt win

8.20 Galway
Unanswered @ 1/1
1pt win

Cromwell's charge to overthrow his rivals

The feature event on day three of the Galway Festival is the 22-runner Galway Plate and with no more rain in the weather forecast, the ground should be ideal for Gabynako.

Gavin Cromwell's sole representative really found his form again on decent ground in the spring, finishing runner-up in the Arkle before a respectable third in the two-mile Grade 1 novice at the Punchestown Festival. He shaped like a step back up in trip would yield improvement in both of those outings.

He gets more of a stamina test here, and the return to this venue will hold no fears having gone close on chase debut when narrowly denied by the subsequent Grand National winner, Noble Yeats.

The seven-year-old's jumping has improved plenty since that day too and more time at his fences over this sort of trip should yield further progress.

The 90-day absence since his last run isn't a major concern, having posted his career best effort off a similar break in this year's Arkle and with more upside than most in this field, he warrants plenty of respect dropping from Grade 1 company.

Trainer Gordon Elliott has won three of the last six renewals of this contest and his progressive six-year-old, Ash Tree Meadow, may be the main danger to the selection. He's one of three runners for Cullentra House.

Sir Antonino to build on maiden success

The three-year-old handicap later on the card seems to have a lack of front runners and it might be worth taking a chance on Sir Antonino, who bounced back to form with a maiden success at Limerick last time.

He seemed to enjoy a switch of tactics when winning last time out, making nearly all the running and his wide draw (11) here isn't a major concern with what looks like a lack of pace in the race.

The handicapper has leniently left him on the same mark, and with potential of more to come at this slightly longer trip, the son of Galileo looks capable of going well for a yard running at a 23% strike-rate in recent weeks.

Five-year-old can answer the question in five-timer bid

The finale on the card is a typically competitive Galway handicap but Unanswered is the one to beat if he continues on his upward trajectory.

He's won his last four starts (three on the Flat, one over hurdles) and he won a Killarney handicap with plenty in hand when last seen a fortnight ago. The margin of that success was roughly three lengths but he was good value for that distance, only pushed out in the closing stages, and a 7lb rise from the assessor looks on the lenient side.

With the potential of more to come, particularly stepping back up in trip, he may be able to continue his winning sequence with a handy draw (7) to work with in a big field.

By Phill Anderson

Discover more from the world's favourite online betting brand

More racing betting news

Latest sports betting and odds

Watch horse racing live streaming

Latest going report

Head to the bet365 YouTube channel for exclusive racing content

Latest racing results

Join now- bet365 Open Account Offer

bet365 uses cookies

We use cookies to deliver a better and more personalised service. For more information, see our Cookie Policy

New to bet365? Bet £10 & Get £30 in Free Bets

Join Now

Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.