Day One Race Two

17:55 Easyfix Handicap Hurdle 2018

Tony Martin's Artful Artist will attempt to break his duck over hurdles on the opening day of the Galway Festival, but it's sure to be a competitive betting heat for punters on Monday evening, with the likes of Joseph O'Brien's Successor, and the Gordon Elliott-trained Canny Tom adding more depth to what should be a tough race for punters.

17:55 Easyfix Handicap Hurdle (2m)
1. Pateen - P Kennedy - S Ryder - 20/1
2. Artful Artist - D Russell - T Martin - 4/1 Fav
3. The Irregular - D Hogan - D Hogan - 9/1
4. Newstart - D Mullins - B Ellison - 16/1
20 Ran

2018 Odds

Awaiting Odds........

2017 Racecard

No.RunnerDetailsOdds
1
Empresario
Empresario (IRE)
A E Lynch
M Smith
8 yrs / 166 lbs
61PP-5

Better chaser and first hurdles run in 3 years here off a potentially lenient mark

2
Riverrainshine
Riverrainshine (IRE)
R Dunne
S Mahon
7 yrs / 166 lbs
5-3424

Both tongue tie and blinkers fitted here for handicap debut and yard respected

3
He Is Top Class
He Is Top Class (IRE)
D J Mullins
D Hassett
9 yrs / 165 lbs
024P-0

Yet to hit form this year and this trip possibly on the short side nowadays

4
Artful Artist
Artful Artist (IRE)
D N Russell
A Martin
8 yrs / 164 lbs
7/327-

Maiden on a workable mark and very interesting with Russell booked on return from a break

5
Canny Tom
Canny Tom (IRE)
K M Donoghue
G Elliott
7 yrs / 164 lbs
423222

Frustrating maiden but can't question his attitude; high enough mark now though

6
Pateen
Pateen (IRE)
P D Kennedy
S Ryder
5 yrs / 164 lbs
726-50

Bumper winner yet to shine over hurdles and opening mark seems high enough

7
Smadynium
Smadynium (FR)
B Hayes
J Hanlon
9 yrs / 164 lbs
-P29F3

Better chaser but out of form and now reverts to hurdles over trip short of his best

8
The Irregular
The Irregular (IRE)
D G Hogan
D Hogan
5 yrs / 164 lbs
194F3-

Remains on a reasonable mark and certainly not one to rule out of calculations

9
The Last Marju
The Last Marju (IRE)
J J Burke
D Cullen
5 yrs / 164 lbs
31P00-

Killarney maiden winner well held on flat of late and others possibly better handicapped

10
Weightfordave
Weightfordave (IRE)
S W Flanagan
N Meade
5 yrs / 164 lbs
8F57-6

Expensive to follow on the flat of late and plenty to find on earlier hurdles efforts

11
Whatsinthecorner
Whatsinthecorner (IRE)
Rachael Blackmore
J Hanlon
5 yrs / 163 lbs
4-2438

Quite lightly-raced 5yo open to improvement but certainly needed

12
Bellgrove
Bellgrove (IRE)
J J Slevin
P Cloke
9 yrs / 162 lbs
7-4234

First hurdles run since February 2015 but others appear more progressive

13
Crazywork De Vassy
Crazywork De Vassy (FR)
D McInerney
M J McDonagh
5 yrs / 162 lbs
30-944

Not certain this drop back in trip will play to his strengths on handicap debut

14
He's Our Man
He's Our Man (IRE)
C Brassil
A McCann
12 yrs / 162 lbs
P3S7/6

Veteran is over two years without a win and remains opposable off this sort of mark

15
Palmabad
Palmabad (FR)
B Cooper
J Queally
6 yrs / 161 lbs
0696-5

Maiden struggled in handicaps last term and of limited appeal now

16
Solar Heat
Solar Heat (IRE)
B Browne
Mrs D Love
8 yrs / 161 lbs
15-553

On a fair mark mark and definite place claims, though probably no more than that

17
Successor
Successor (IRE)
B J Geraghty
J P O'Brien
4 yrs / 161 lbs
086-

Maiden form last winter could well be left behind here on return with yard flying

18
Bashful Beauty
Bashful Beauty (IRE)
Mr J C Barry
J Feane
10 yrs / 160 lbs
7-334P

Held over fences but solid hurdle efforts off this mark in May give him each-way claims

19
Mountain Kingdom
Mountain Kingdom (IRE)
P Townend
C McBratney
6 yrs / 160 lbs
762-35

Back to optimum trip here and possible place claims, though no more than that

20
Newstart
Newstart (IRE)
D E Mullins
B Ellison
6 yrs / 160 lbs
153-22

Fair form in small fields of late but this is a lot more competitive

21
Dixie Highway
Dixie Highway (IRE)
R A Doyle
P J Flynn
6 yrs / 159 lbs
900-54

Recent form no better than fair and plenty more needed here to play a major role

22
Ceide Fields
Ceide Fields

G Elliott
6 yrs / 159 lbs
76-096

Better for initial run for current yard, big chance if back to C&D maiden form

23
Touch Of Gold
Touch Of Gold (IRE)

M Kennedy
4 yrs / 152 lbs
435261

Quickened well for Killarney win and could go well off 6lb higher here if getting a run

2016 Result

17:45 Easyfix Handicap Hurdle (2m)
1. Shake The Bucket - N Madden - N Madden 14/1
2. Lord De Beaufai - D Meyler (5) - A Martin 16/1
3. Camlann - B Hayes - J Hanlon 3/1 Fav
4. Mysticaltou - S Shortall (3) - S Ryder 22/1
19 Ran

2015 Result

17:45 Easyfix Handicap Hurdle (2m)
1. Beckwith Star - A O'Neill - H de Bromhead 7/1
2. Plain Sailing - D Mullins - S Hanlon 25/1
3. Defining Year - D Russell - D Weld 5/1
4. Baby Jake - D Mullins - S Hanlon 9/1
20 Ran

2014 Result

17:40 Easyfix Handicap Hurdle (2m)
1. Beckwith Star - B Hayes (3) - H De Bromhead 12/1
2. Eric The Grey - A McNamara - C Swan 20/1
3. Donatis Comet - D Casey - P Fahy 12/1
4. Kims Dream - J Cullen - N Dooley 12/1
20 Ran

2013 Result

17:40 Sean "The Budgie" Burgess Memorial Handicap Hurdle (2m)
1. Aladdins Cave - B Geraghty - C Murphy 9/2 Fav
2. Admiral Hawke - B Hayes (5) - J Hanlon 10/1
3. Ted Dolly - E Hales - J Cullen 33/1
4. Foot Soldier - D Hogan - C Swan 16/1
20 Ran