• 19:45 Galway Oyster Hotel Handicap 1m 4f

  • Winner €8,970 2nd €2,080 3rd €910 4th €520
  • Going: Yielding, Yielding to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 48.78s
  • Off time: 19:46:00
19:45 Galway Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Dark Crusader (IRE) 12/1
2nd Pay Day Kitten (USA) 11/4
3rd Melanippe (IRE) 16/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (3) 2-11 RED, white stars, red sleeves, striped cap Pay Day Kitten (USA) 89
Nag meDistance Winner
3 10-0 D K Weld C R King (5) 89 11/43.75
2 (2) 5-311 Dark Blue Great Explorer (IRE) 18
Nag me
3 9-12 b A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 87 5/16.00
3 (9) 52413 ORANGE, royal blue hoop & armlet, check cap Waver (IRE) 18
Nag meBeaten Favourite
3 9-11 A P O'Brien Anastasia O'Brien (7) 86 14/115.00
4 (4) 0-5781 BEIGE, dark blue cross of lorraine & sleeves, dark blue cap, beige star Dark Crusader (IRE) 13
Nag me
3 9-8 A J Martin F M Berry 83 12/113.00
5 (7) 032-021 Dark blue, dark blue & white striped sleeves, white cap, dark blue star Abu Nayef (IRE) 14
Nag me
3 9-7 J M Oxx D P McDonogh 82 6/17.00
6 (1) 3-43312 MAROON, light blue chevron & armlet, maroon cap, light blue diamond Lady Giselle (IRE) 14
Nag me
3 9-6 J J Walsh G F Carroll 81 16/117.00
7 (5) 0-77217 DARK BLUE, yellow panel, sleeves & cap Todd 50
Nag me
3 8-10 J J Murphy B A Curtis 71 16/117.00
8 (8) 057-1 WHITE, purple panel, check cap Irish Bulletin (IRE) 2 (ex5)
Nag meDistance Winner
3 8-6 J S Bolger R P Cleary 62 5/23.50
9 (6) 0-04113 Red, black braces, striped sleeves, black star on cap Melanippe (IRE) 21
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
3 8-4 b P D Deegan I J Brennan (3) 61 16/117.00


IRISH BULLETIN was making his handicap debut and having his first start since October when just getting up to beat Flowing Air at Wexford on Saturday. Jim Bolger turns him out under a penalty and though ground conditions will be very different he's more than likely to make further progress and can take this. Abu Nayef is making good progress and it was a fine effort to beat Lady Giselle at Killarney while Dermot Weld has booked Connor King to claim 5lb off Pay Day Kitten, who battled on strongly to beat Kingdom at Tipperary. Any further rain will suit while Aidan O'Brien saddles the very progressive Great Explorer, who should find this trip to his liking after making all over 1m2f at Leopardstown, and Waver, who appeared to find 1m6f beyond him at Leopardstown after scoring under Ana O'Brien at Naas. Dark Crusader stepped up markedly in trip to gain an impressive victory over 1m3f at Killarney and looks a major threat.