It’s good to be back after a short break to update you on my chances throughout Galway week. Plenty has happened since I last posted a blog with you including the birth of my daughter Tess who is doing really well. She and all the gang will be making the trip to Galway – my wife Edelle is from that part of the world so it promises to be a real family affair. The racing itself is terrific and there is a real carnival atmosphere. It isn’t like some of the other big racing festivals packed full of Grade one prizes as away from the Plate and the Hurdle, it is just good fun racing. Don’t get me wrong, the standard is red hot and competitive. The quality of runners you get in both the Plate and the Hurdle just seems to be getting better each year. I have two rides on the opening day, so here are my thoughts on them and the big race of the evening…
LETHAL STEPS 5.20pm
The meeting starts with a competitive looking novice hurdle where I ride the ultra-consistent Lethal Steps for Gordon (Elliott). He’s been busy of late having run on the flat at Royal Ascot last month and has been placed twice over hurdles since. This will require another step up though with the likes of Authorized Art and Morosini likely to be hard to beat.
CATS FOR CASH 5.55pm
This fella actually ran his best race for some time when second at Ballinrobe the last day. He plugged on nicely behind Nibiru and has his first run in a handicap here. It looks a competitive race with 20-odd runners and even though we have to carry top weight there isn’t much at the weights between us and the bottom horse. If he can build on what he showed last time he can be competitive, but it does look wide-open on paper. The drop back in trip is likely to help Whatsinthecorner, while Convara comes here in great form.
7.40pm (Connacht Hotel Handicap)
Amateur jockeys take centre stage in the big race of the evening with plenty likely to be siding with Derek O’Connor’s mount Baba Boom. He’s been gelded since we last saw him in action a year ago and also takes a big step up in trip. For that reason, I think the Mullins pair Mr Adjudicator and Legal Spin are the two to keep an eye on. The former had a nice pipe-opener for this on the flat earlier in the month and won’t be far away. However, the value could be with the Lawman gelding Legal Spin who was only just beaten in a good handicap at the Curragh last month.
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