• Sun 24 Sep, 2017
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Galway Festival at the double

Paul Ferguson has two selections from Galway on Monday; Jamaica at 18:10 and Quick Jack at 18:45. Compare odds and bet.

The Galway Festival gets underway on Monday and Quick Jack (6:45) is fancied to land the feature on day one, the 2m Connacht Hotel Handicap.

Tony Martin’s five-year-old wears the hood for the first time today and, though he is prominent in the betting for the Galway Hurdle later in the week (wouldn’t be guaranteed a run at this stage), connections have opted for this valuable prize on the level.
Yet to race this far on the Flat, the Footstepsinthesand gelding improved considerably over hurdles since we last saw him on the level and he remains on a mark from which he can land a nice prize. Martin had an exception festival a year ago and Quick Jack looks capable of kick-starting another good week.

Earlier on the card Jamaica (6:10) can stop the dominance of Dermot Weld in the 7f maiden. Weld has won the race seven times in the past decade and six times in the past eight years, but Aidan O’Brien’s Galileo colt ran a race full of promise on debut and looked a sure-fire future winner when third to stable-mate Gleneagles at the Curragh.

The winner franked the form last week and the grey can give O’Brien his third win in the race since 2007 (he saddled the two winners that Weld failed to in recent years).

Monday’s selections:
6:10 Galway Festival: Jamaica; evens Betvictor
6:45 Galway Festival: Quick Jack; 5/1 Coral

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