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The Best Horse Racing Tips for Ayr & Galway on Monday

Ireland’s Galway Festival gets underway today and we will provide a Horse Racing tip, preview and prediction for their fifth race at 6.15pm, the 2m 1f Connacht Hotel Handicap.

At Ayr in Scotland, we will supply Horse Racing tips for a 12-runner 6f sprint handicap at 2.15pm and at 3.20pm a 7f handicap with a field of nine runners.

Our Tip for the 2.15pm at Ayr:

Since joining trainer Michael Dods from Hugo Palmer last August the four-year-old Gigi’s Beach has been in good form on the all-weather, including a victory at Newcastle. But the son of Oasis Dream returned to turf on his most recent start, over today’s course and distance, to finish fourth behind fellow rival Jessie Allen.

The mount of Callum Rodriguez looked the most likely winner for most of that race until weakening close home and on today’s revised terms is fancied to reverse placing with the winner, and runner-up Rebel Redemption.

Our Tip for the 3.20pm at Ayr:

Runner-up in three of his five starts as a juvenile, the Richard Fahey-trained Mashaan can finally open his account at the ninth attempt off a career-low mark of 72.

Since being gelded last December the mount of Paul Hanagan has not enjoyed the best of luck in three runs this season, swerving badly right leaving the stall when third at Haydock on his reappearance, before losing all chance when slipping on the bend at Thirsk just over two weeks later.

On his most recent start, the Kodiac gelding went down by less than two lengths over 6f on Chelmsford’s all-weather surface and should appreciate returning to today’s furlong further trip. Another unexposed three-year-old, Homer Stokes, may prove the main danger.

Our Tip for the 6.15pm at Galway:

Most of the best amateur jockeys in Ireland compete for this 2m 1f Flat handicap, including the likes of Derek O’Connor, Jamie Codd and Patrick Mullins. But the horse who makes most appeal at the weights is the Willie Mullins-trained Exchange Rate (one of the trainer’s six in the race) and rider Miss J Townsend.

The lightly-raced nine-year-old had a great time of it in 2018, winning races at Wexford and Listowel, along with a fine fifth in the Irish Cesarewitch and second place in the November Handicap at Naas.

Following a break of 945 days, the Monsun gelding returned to action at Listowel last month in a 2m handicap. While only fourth behind stablemate and fellow rival My Sister Sarah, Exchange Rate got little luck in running and ran a race full of promise after such a long lay off.

The selection looks on a very attractive mark of 82 compared to 2018 and with that run under his belt a big run is expected.

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