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Irish racing tips: Cheekpieces can help Himalayan peak again

By Johnny Ward
Fri 23 Jul 2021

Galway returns Monday and one can be assured that the permitted attendance of 1,000 on each day will make plenty of noise to cheer home a winner or two.

We'll have two On The Wire video podcasts to mark the Festival this week; stay tuned.

It's been really hot in Ireland this week and pity the ground staff who have had to water so much. It is not an easy job and punters probably think little about it in pursuit of winners.

Gowran stages an intriguing maiden today, opening into a low-key but interesting card.

3.25 Gowran: Himalayan Beauty

The key to this filly's chance looks to be her dropping back in distance and her second here in June to the well-fancied Molly Poddle gives her a strong chance. Jessica Harrington took the hood off since and she ran freely at Navan but that was still a reasonable run over a stiff ten furlongs.

She has cheekpieces here and, on her three-length fifth to Mehnah at two (Fantasy Lady second), she has to be winning a handicap sooner or later off 73.

4.35 Gowran: Howling Wolf

There's a real much-of-a-muchness feel to this field and Howling Wolf should win. On four successive occasions in better races than this he went close earlier this year and you can probably forget his Leopardstown flop last time when he reportedly clipped heels twice.

5.10 Gowran: Rita Levi

Rider Cillian McConnell has two winners so far and is quite promising. If you watch the replay of this one's Navan fourth you'll wonder for the vast majority of the race how she managed to finish placed. It was also at Navan she started off for Ger Lyons, finishing second in two sprint maidens there in 2018. She will need luck in running here but is unexposed over similar distances and looks very well-handicapped.

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