Racing on Sunday in the UK and Ireland comes from Chester, Galway, Haydock and Market Rasen. It is the final day of the Galway Races Summer Festival in Ireland, with an eight-race mixed card.
One of our fancies comes in a handicap chase over 2m2f at Galway. It is a recent Listed winner who is bidding for more success over fences when he lines up at the summer festival meeting.
Chester 14:30 – Pretence @ 7/4
Two-year-old filly PRETENCE scored over this C&D in a seller back in June. She took advantage of an inside draw from stall two to break her maiden at the fourth attempt on the track.
The daughter of Make Believe moved to Hugo Palmer’s yard back in July. She then returned to this C&D where she went very close to successfully following up, going down by less than a length, finishing second of five behind Gray’s Inn, who is now rated at 90 in the official ratings.
Palmer’s filly, who features on the Betfred Betfinder as one of the Most Napped selections this afternoon, clearly enjoys it at this racecourse. He has gone up 6lb in the ratings, but he remains open to improvement. Harry Davies, who is approaching his 100th winner on the track, can claim 3lb and the filly will enjoy the cut in the ground.
Galway 15:30 – Sole Pretender @ 7/1
SOLE PRETENDER produced a career-best last time out at Killarney, winning a Listed contest over 2m1f. He was slowly after from the start, but he travelled strongly throughout before scoring by over two lengths.
Normal Lee’s runner is back in handicap company here from a mark of 151. He retains the eye shield and blinkers which helped him concentrate on the task at hand on his latest success.
The nine-year-old will need to carry the top weight of 11st-12lb in this race, but with apprentice Robbie Geoghegan claiming 7lb off his back again, he can add another success over fences.
Galway 17:00 – Molbay Madness @ 7/4
Since moving to Emmet Mullins’ yard back in June, MALBAY MADNESS has gone close to scoring on a couple of occasions. He finished second on his stable debut at Navan (1m2f), while earlier this week, he was just a short head away from success over this C&D.
The son of Wing Of Eagles was hampered out of the starting stalls at this meeting back on Wednesday. He hit top speed inside the final 110 yards of the race, but he just failed in his attempt to reel in the leader.
This same mark of 78 gives the three-year-old a great chance of gaining compensation for his connections on the final day of the Galway Festival. The hood remains on for this assignment, while the excellent Colin Keane has been booked for the ride.