Ease in ground will suit Camphor to scoop up big prize on offer at Galway
The Ardilaun Hotel Oyster Stakes is the richest race to be run either side of the Irish Sea today and Jessica Harrington's CAMPHOR (6.15, Galway) may snare the lion's share of the €50,000 prize.
Donnacha and Aidan O'Brien team up with Simply Beautiful who was just three parts of a length behind the selection in a maiden earlier in the season, but that form can be franked here with Camphor expected to handle the track and the easier ground conditions.
Camphor was second in a valuable handicap at the Galway Festival last month and while outclassed in good company last time out, this looks a slightly easier assignment.
The Harrington team can open up the card with YULONG PEARLISLAND (4.15, Galway), a tentative choice in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.
Yulong Pearlisland showed some signs of greenness when breaking slowly on debut at Killarney and can be expected to take a forward step from that outing which could see him open his account here at the second time of asking.
Fresh from his latest Irish Classic success on Sunday with Search For A Song, Dermot Weld looks to be bringing two nice sorts to Ballybrit this evening.
Weld's two runners are owned by the Aga Khan and the trainer shares the rides on BASHIYR (4.45, Galway) and SHEHREEN (5.45, Galway) between Chris Hayes and Oisin Orr respectively.
Bashiyr won last time out at Gowran Park on ground with a nice ease in it and Weld looks to have found a good opportunity with this Donnellys Of Barna Rated Race. Bashiyr will have to run to a level of at least 86, which is what Zander has been rated, but the Weld runners looks open to at least that.
The form of Shehreen nearly got a very timely form boost on Saturday at Leopardstown with Nurse Barbara just going down by a nose in the Ingabelle Stakes.
Orr retains the ride on this filly and Shehreen can be expected to go a couple of places better now.
Another trainer who has claims of a double on this card is Sheila Lavery.
NJORD (5.15, Galway) ran well here at the Galway Festival and again at Killarney last time out and can win a race of this nature, while Paddy Harnett enjoyed his first couple of winners recently and can bag a third on the track courtesy of DANEHILL QUEST (6.45, Galway).
4.15 Yulong Pearlisland
6.45 Danehill Quest