Three runners proving popular for day one of the Galway festival
It's time to gird your punting loins with seven days of action starting this evening at Galway. Punters will be hoping they can start the marathon meeting on the front foot, while bookmakers will be yearning for the opposite. Here are three runners who have proved popular on Monday.
The first race of the festival offers Ruby Walsh the chance of a comeback winner as he partners favourite Easy Game for Willie Mullins.
But stablemate Shoulda Lied, winner of a Tipperary maiden hurdle last time out, is attracting interest. He will be having only his third start over hurdles and will need to prove he has the speed for 2m½f having won over 2m4f last time.
This 7f maiden has traditionally been Dermot Weld's to lose as he has won seven of the last ten runningsand this time saddlesone of the favourites in Third World.
However, there has been money for Wargrave, who was well fancied on his debut at the Curragh when he finished an encouraging third behind subsequent Listed winner Land Force.
That was over 6f and he should benefit from an extra furlong this evening.
The returning Limini is the star turn in the race, but stablemate Uradel has been latched on to as an each-way play.
Like Limini, Uradel has not been sighted on the Flat for several years, his last effort coming when fourth in the 2014 Melrose Stakes at York behind Vent De Force.
But he has been in more recent action over hurdles, winning at Naas in February two runs ago. He will stay the trip fine and off 10st 9lb looks attractively weighted.
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