Day One Race Four

19:40 Connacht Hotel Handicap 2018

Swamp Fox was a winner of this race 12 months ago, but will find it tough off a 20lb higher mark in this year's renewal at the Galway Festival, and there will be a plethora of notable rivals taking their chance, with the likes of Rashaan and Automated just a brace of prominent figures in a wide open betting heat on Monday evening.

19:40 Connacht Hotel (Q.R) Handicap (2m)
1. Whiskey Sour - Mr A McMahon (7) - W Mullins - 16/1
2. Swamp Fox - Mr J Barry (5) - J Murphy - 5/1 Fav
3. Lagostovegas - Mr P Mullins - W Mullins - 6/1
4. Digeanta - Ms K Walsh - W Mullins - 25/1
20 Ran

2018 Odds

Awaiting Odds........

2017 Racecard

No.RunnerDetailsOdds
1
Zafayan
Zafayan (IRE)
Mr D Sinnott
D Weld
6 yrs / 168 lbs
21-027

Ran well at Curragh on penultimate start, down the field behind Swamp Fox here last year

2
Benkei
Benkei (IRE)
Mr D Lavery
H Rogers
7 yrs / 165 lbs
0-5304

Four-time winner, down in class following a run in a Listed race at Down Royal on Friday

3
Digeanta
Digeanta (IRE)
Ms K Walsh
W Mullins
10 yrs / 163 lbs
1010/6

2015 Irish Cesarewitch winner, was entitled to need recent Curragh run after long absence

4
The Graduate
The Graduate (IRE)
Mr S Clements
A Martin
4 yrs / 163 lbs
16119-

Trainer and rider took this event in 2013 and 2014, two poor hurdles runs for this stable

5
Ezanak
Ezanak (IRE)
Mr Finian Maguire
D Weld
4 yrs / 162 lbs
1-55

Lightly-raced sort is the main hope for venue's leading trainer who last won this in 2012

6
Hidden Cyclone
Hidden Cyclone (IRE)
Mr B O'Neill
J Hanlon
12 yrs / 162 lbs
1/12-

Splendid old warrior who has always done connections proud, up against it at age of 12

7
Lagostovegas
Lagostovegas (IRE)
Mr P W Mullins
W Mullins
5 yrs / 162 lbs
/173-1

Has taken massive 17lb rise in the ratings for Killarney win but could feature again

8
Wonder Laish
Wonder Laish
Mr D O'Connor
C Byrnes
5 yrs / 161 lbs
2118/0

Useful when trained in Britain, should be much sharper for stable debut after long layoff

9
Powersbomb
Powersbomb (IRE)
Mr E Mahon
B McMahon
7 yrs / 160 lbs
331

Decent chaser could be interesting here after decisive win in a Flat maiden at Roscommon

10
Rashaan
Rashaan (IRE)
Mr R Deegan
C Kidd
5 yrs / 160 lbs
169-11

Has won his last two Flat starts, warmed up for this by beating a good sort over hurdles

11
Swamp Fox
Swamp Fox (IRE)
Mr J C Barry
Joseph G Murphy
5 yrs / 160 lbs
31130-

Last year's winner of this event, definite chance again after hurdles win at Killarney

12
Argus
Argus (IRE)
Miss K Harrington
A Dunn
5 yrs / 159 lbs
/6350-

Minor winner over hurdles in Britain last time, not one of the more obvious contenders

13
Miles To Memphis
Miles To Memphis (IRE)
Ms L O'Neill
Mrs D Foster
8 yrs / 158 lbs
11

Has been a latecomer to Flat action and has done really well in the circumstances

14
Shinghari
Shinghari (IRE)
Mr P J Cawley
D Hogan
5 yrs / 158 lbs
2-6102

No match for Lagostovegas at Killarney, enjoys healthy turnaround with that rival now

15
Sir Ector
Sir Ector (USA)
Mr N McParlan
Miss N McKenna
10 yrs / 158 lbs
770-03

Veteran retains ability and enthusiasm but may find this too competitive at this stage

16
St Lawrence Gap
St Lawrence Gap (IRE)
Mr D L Queally
E Doyle
5 yrs / 158 lbs
2-9211

Second to Rashaan at Clonmel in May, 15lb higher after wins at Leopardstown and Limerick

17
Winter Lion
Winter Lion (IRE)
Mr R P Quinlan
M Smith
7 yrs / 158 lbs
16-150

Versatile sort, stiff task here after poor run when reverting to Flat at Navan last month

18
Whiskey Sour
Whiskey Sour (IRE)
Mr A McMahon
W Mullins
4 yrs / 157 lbs
00078-

Course winner at two, made winning start for top stable in maiden hurdle at Tramore

19
Automated
Automated
Mr J J Codd
G Elliott
6 yrs / 156 lbs
6320-1

Gained a belated breakthrough win on turf at Leopardstown last month, respected here

20
Elishpour
Elishpour (IRE)
Mr T Hamilton
A Fleming
7 yrs / 156 lbs
/009-2

Not seen since good effort against Rashaan at level weights at Dundalk in February

21
Sweet Company
Sweet Company (IRE)

A Martin
6 yrs / 155 lbs
41-040

First reserve, 1m4f maiden winner on soft ground here last summer, his sole success

22
Mountain Rock
Mountain Rock (IRE)

A Keatley
5 yrs / 155 lbs
442

Second reserve, dual bumper winner, second to a Galway Plate hopeful on Flat last time

23
Alton Bay
Alton Bay (IRE)

P Fahey
9 yrs / 154 lbs
905-42

Third reserve, not far from his best when beaten narrowly at Bellewstown last time

2016 Result

19:20 Connacht Hotel (Q.R) Handicap (2m)
1. Swamp Fox - Mr B Browne (7) - J Murphy 16/1
2. Ted Veale - Mr S Clements (3) - A Martin 14/1
3. Benkei - Mr J Codd - H Rogers 13/2
4. Renneti - Mr P Mullins - W Mullins 9/1
20 Ran

2015 Result

18:50 Connacht Hotel (Q.R) Handicap (2m)
1. Modem - K Harrington - J Harrington 5/1
2. Awesome Star - J Codd - J Oxx 9/1
3. Ted Veale - S Clements - A Martin 4/1 Fav
4. Wood Breizh - K Walsh - W Mullins 12/1
19 Ran

2014 Result

18:45 Connacht Hotel (Q.R) Handicap (2m)
1. Quick Jack - Mr S Clements (5) - A Martin 4/1 Fav
2. Grecian Tiger - Mr R Quinlan (3) - D Weld 7/1
3. Fire Fighter - Mr F Maguire (7) - A Maguire 14/1
4. Spacious Sky - Miss M O'Sullivan (7) - A Martin 20/1
20 Ran

2013 Result

18:45 Connacht Hotel (Q.R) Handicap (2m)
1. Edeymi - Mr S Clements (5)  - A Martin 16/1
2. Domination - Mr D Queally (5) - C Byrnes 7/1
3. Redera - Miss M O'Sullivan (7) - A Martin 14/1
4. Gimli's Rock - Miss K Harrington (7) - J Harrington 40/1
20 Ran