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Foley to help Tauran Shaman to more joy

Galway Festival


Big victory: Oisin Orr onboard Blue For You goes clear to win yesterday at Galway Festival

Big victory: Oisin Orr onboard Blue For You goes clear to win yesterday at Galway Festival

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Big victory: Oisin Orr onboard Blue For You goes clear to win yesterday at Galway Festival

Shane Foley has been in scintillating form since the Flat season recommenced, with the Kilkenny rider heading the Irish Jockeys' Championship, and he looks like the man to follow in today's feature at Ballybrit.

'Dusty' was aboard when Tauran Shaman scored at Galway last year for his boss Jessica Harrington and he can repeat the dose to land an ultra-competitive mile handicap.

4.45 Colm Quinn BMW Irish EBF Fillies Maiden

AIDAN O'Brien has landed the last two runnings with very smart types but the Ballydoyle maestro may be up against it today with Sweet Molly Malone requiring a huge step forward.

It may pay to side with the experience which Meala brings to the table as Jim Bolger's charge has made the frame in her three starts - she was just touched off last time out in a Leopardstown maiden - while she was two lengths too good for Angel Palm when they collided at the Foxrock track last month.

Verdict: Kevin Manning can take it aboard Bolger's Meala.

5.15 Caulfield Industrial Irish EBF Maiden

Dermot Weld has landed four of the last 10 runnings and relies on Mostaqqer, which stepped up considerably when an unlucky second at Roscommon.

He is clearly an improving sort and should be right in the mix under Oisin Orr but may find one a little better in the shape of Teed Up.

Ken Condon's string are in rude health and the Gleneagles gelding started his career impressively when second at Gowran Park despite signs of greenness.

Verdict: Teed Up looks primed to score for the red-hot Condon.

5.45 Listed Colm Quinn BMW Irish EBF Corrib Fillies Stakes

Surrounding landed this 12 months ago but Mick Halford's seven-year-old is forced to give away weight all around. She ran well on her two starts since racing resumed and steps back in grade but has a wide draw.

Jessica Harrington's Celestial Object is sure to have plenty of supporters, and it may be a battle between her and Johnny Murtagh's Champers Elysees.

Verdict: Ben Coen can steer the improving Champers Elysees to glory.

6.15 Caulfield Industrial.com Handicap

Ger Lyons and Colin Keane combined to take this prize in 2015 and '16 and the Classic-winning duo hold strong claims with Curragh second Frank Arthur.

Frank Arthur had a half length to spare over Donnacha O'Brien's Mythologic on that occasion and can maintain that advantage.

Verdict: Keane can do it in style aboard Frank Arthur.

6.45 Colm Quinn BMW Mile Premier Handicap

Salsonstall took this €75,000 prize last year for Ado McGuinness and Gavin Ryan's 5lb claim ensures that he races off just 2lb higher, although the six-year-old's form has been patchy since.

Jessica Harrington has two course and distance winners with Njord and stablemate Tauran Shaman. Third behind Nebo last time out at Cork, Tauran Shaman enjoys a decent swing at the weights and he should be primed to thrive at Ballybrit again under Foley.

Verdict: Course winner Tauran Shaman can take the feature.

7.15 Caulfield Industrial Handicap DIV I 1MF

It may seem strange but the focus here could be on a 16-race maiden with Out On Friday just touched off at Leopardstown five days ago and Offaly trainer Philip Byrnes has had him knocking on the door.

Retaining the services of Keane is a big plus.

Verdict: Out On Friday can break his maiden tag under Keane.

7.45 Caulfield Industrial Handicap Div II

It's hard to know what to expect from several of the 15 runners as consistency is definitely not their forte but what you see is nearly always what you get with the teak tough Mulzamm.

Denis Hogan's charge is, indeed, as honest as the day is long.

Verdict: Joe Doyle can work the oracle on the likeable Mulzamm.

8.15 Latin Quarter Handicap

Turnpike Trip is one of the leading fancies for Thursday's Galway Hurdle and it's interesting to see Charles Byrnes pitch him in on the Flat with a market check advised before punting.

Preference is for the bigger-priced Walking On Glass, however, with Padraig Roche's five-year-old afforded another chance after running too bad to be true when down the field in the Ladies Derby at the Curragh.

Verdict: Walking On Glass can rule in the last.

Belfast Telegraph