It’s a huge week for everyone and it’s great to be heading back down to Galway for this week’s Festival.
I have a good record in the big races at Galway. It’s been a lucky place for me, and I think it’s important to go there knowing that you like riding around there.
I’ve a busy couple of days and I have two nice rides tonight kicking off with Andy Oliver’s Blue Shadow in the 17:45. He’s a very solid, tough horse and no matter what trip you race over around Galway, a good draw is very important and we’ve started the week off well, as he’s drawn 1.
Andy’s horses are in very good form, and he seems to appreciate a bit of nice ground, and he should get that tonight and he has loads of experience. He will hopefully run a solid race.
I ride Bell Ex One for Ray Cody in the 18:45. She is a very consistent filly and looks rock solid. She has an okay draw in 9, but she does stay very well, and I think she’ll run well.
She has a nice weight on her back, but this is the best race that she has contested to date, so she will have to improve, but Ray is a very good trainer, and he will have her primed for today. There are a few unexposed types in the race, but she is a very nice ride to pick up.
Galway Festival Day Two
Onto to tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to rising Mosala (20:15) in the Colm Quinn BMW Mile. I was very impressed by him when we won the Nashrullah Handicap at Leopardstown.
That race tends to be a very good trial for the Galway Mile and what I really liked about this lad is that he gets a mile and a quarter well, but he has plenty of pace for the mile around here and I think he’ll love Galway.
He ticks a lot of boxes, but he has a poor draw in 16 and that is a big negative. We’ll need a lot of luck from there as there 14 horses on my inside, but I have to go there thinking we can overcome that and if we can, I think he has a massive chance.
I kick start Tuesday on Moving For Gold (16:35) and he has a nice bit of experience and if he runs to his best, he has an each way chance.
I ride Royal Canford (17:45) for Willie McCreery in the fillies listed race and on ratings, she has it to do, but she is a good, tough filly and is well drawn in 6, so hopefully she’ll get into the shake-up.
Moddy Poddle (18:45) must have a great chance for Sheila Lavery in the three-year-old mile handicap.
Sheila’s horses always seem to handle Galway and this filly comes here on the back of a deserved success at Gowran and while she tackles stronger opposition here, she must have a big chance.
Sods’s Law (19:15) looks up against it in the first division of the mile handicap for the older horses, but Luke Comer’s horses have been running well and hopefully this lad can outrun his odds.
What A Feeling (19:45) gained a deserved success on fast ground at Roscommon the last day and she’s a nice ride to pick up for Pat Murphy in the second division of the mile handicap.
For a horse who likes to be handy, she’s not that well drawn in 12, so hopefully if we can get out on terms, she’ll get into the shake-up.
I like Coventry (20:15) who lines up in the finale. He ran a very good race over two miles at Listowel when just touched off by My Sister Sarah. He has very few miles on the clock, and I think this race is made for him.
In saying that, this is probably the most competitive race of the day and you can make a case for half the field. But my horse has a good profile and while he has plenty of weight on his back, the bottom weight is 9st so I’m confident that he can run a very big race.
Even in the two-mile races around Galway, you must have a good draw and we have a bit of luck on our side coming out of stall 6, so granted normal luck in running, I think this lad can run a very big race.