Galway Festival Preview - Day 6

Good morning, we are getting to the end of another marathon Galway week. Thursday was the only day we've missed down there and I was absolutely amazed at the size of their crowds last night. This place continues to thrive and in fairness to them, forgetting what I think of the actual race track, the rest of their facilities are second to none.
The Curragh could do worse than copy the Galway blue print when renovating their facilities. We need no more or no less than what Galway provide to bring our premier tracks up to scratch.
The track however is what it is and your horse either handles the place or it doesn't. When faced with that hill you either float up it or puke and stop dead...Most stop dead!

I only declared the one runner for today and it's our first runner in the 2015 nurseries. Waipu Cove could be fairly treated in my opinion off a mark of 75. We saw a little light at the end of the tunnel on his last start at Roscommon when he ran a creditable third to today's top horse on his first start over 7f. Strictly on that run where he was off levels with Aidan's, he seems to be thrown in as he's now getting a stone off him today. My worry is that I never thought this was his trip and I'm very worried about the ground, as I drove home through serious rain last night which could make this a real test of stamina if that rain hit Ballybrit. The positive is that we have a light weight and that's why Leigh Roche rides today as Colin's bottom weight is 8-09.

So another Galway festival is drawing to a close and we have our '1' winner on the board for now. Here's hoping we can add another before the end, that would make it a successful week for this yard at a meeting that has been alien to us over the years.

PS: I would like to wish Richard Hughes all the very best on his future as a race horse trainer. I remember seeing him ride his little pony out with his dad's string as a kid (that's how old I am!)
He's had an amazing career as a jockey and if his training career is half as successful then he will be a very lucky man. From good stock, he has a better chance then most and good luck to him. By the way did anyone else think his picture in today's Racing Post make his hands look enormous? They always maintained good riders have big light hands, that picture explains a lot!

HGD

Comments

Yes, Galway is a great racecourse! Well done on your 2nd winner! My only winner all week! Thanks

Posted by Tony T. Galway

The easiest winner of the week ger!! Well done.

Posted by Ted Costello

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