It’s a major week of racing action ahead with Glorious Goodwood and Galway set to dominate from Tuesday onwards.
The week-long Galway Races starts on Monday evening, while there are four UK meetings from Newton Abbot, Ayr, Lingfield and Ffos Las alongside the Irish action.
Amongst our fancies on Monday 31 July is one for Jim Bolger looking to make progress at Galway after winning his maiden last time out.
3.55 Newton Abbott – Line Of Descent @ 15/2
Line Of Descent has three wins and a second on his CV since April over fences from five starts. The wins have come at 2m1½f-2m4½f on good/good-to-soft going and the most recent of those saw him coming clear by a dozen length at Southwell in late June.
He went to Stratford – where he had won before – eight days later and turned in a rare below-par effort under a penalty as he was only third of five runners.
Perhaps that ninth outing since January and third in a little over three weeks took its toll.
Warren Greatrex has given the Nathaniel gelding a four-week break since that and it wouldn’t be a major shock to see him back on track with Jonjo O’Neill Jr returning in the saddle now in this John Bond 80th Birthday Celebration Handicap Chase. They are on the Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder for Monday’s action and are worth trusting to bounce back.
7.50 Galway – Teorie @ 6/1
Day one of the Galway Races is a mixed card and the likes of Willie Mullins and Aidan O’Brien will be attempting to plunder some opening evening Ballybrit success. So, too, will be Jim Bolger as he saddles home-bred Teofilo colt Teorie in the Eventus Handicap over an extended mile-and-a-half trip.
After shaping with some degree of promise at Leopardstown and Tipperary in a trio of maidens in May/June, he got on the scoresheet last time out at the Foxrock venue in a 1m2f soft-ground maiden in the hands of Luke McAteer for the first time.
He delivered a positive ride and his colt was strong through the line. They’ve been handed an opening mark of 81 for this Galway test and should be amongst the front rank again when it matters.
8.32 Lingfield – Morning Colours @ 11/10
They race on the turf at Lingfield this evening and the nightcap can go the way of Morning Colours for Marco Botti and Benoit De La Sayette.
The Oasis Dream filly made her handicap bow over 6f at this venue earlier in the month and overcame a slow start to make good late progress in finishing second behind the market leader.
The winner had the run of that race and this well-bred filly should be good enough to go on place better now back up at 7f from an unchanged mark of 63 as she tackles some fairly exposed rivals in a field of six.