Today’s Info 28/07/14
Yesterday went well if you read the column and took the advice it offered rather than just skipping to the summary – I was impressed with Pallasator and there will be more to come for the giant. Guising was awul, out the back with no chance from straight out of the box and that was that, a drop in mark and another day awaits – will remain interested to watch that space.
It’s Galway of course and a mad Monday night is in store for those lucky enough to be on the Ballybrit, an atmosphere not matched in many places but a fiendishly tricky place to punt if you like to study form and ignore whispers or unbelievable track statistics for those that have made the place their own. Of course I am refering to Dermot Weld, the master handler has had a monster season already and you’d wonder what could possibly be left for this little week in the middle of summer away from the Classics and the top hats? The answer is always plenty so it’s whether to wade in or avoid the races he has prominent runners in the betting – that leaves you with about a 4 race festival to work with though!
RacingFM sponsors one of his main men in Robbie McNamara and it could and should be a very good week for “the Lurch” of the weighing room. He has been working incredibly hard to stay focused and in shape for the week and can hopefully reap the rewards.
Taking him on in the QR race this evening is done with a bit of trepidation as not many ride the race as well as he and not many get to take a likely type trained by Dermot Weld to the start for the contest. Pay Day Kitten is his mount and with a bit of luck will go well and get a glimpse of RacingFM into the winners enclosure but I do like the chances of one at a bigger price down the bottom.
Kalann has me hopeful though of a second win in the race for Colin Motherway who takes off three handy pounds for trainer Sabrina Harty. The gelding finished 6th in this as a four year old and then went on to do very well over hurdles including a nice pot at Cheltenham.
After that jumps season was off the track for well over a year and was pitched high on return without much luck but the last two spins certainly showed that the ability and willing attitude remain intact. In fact when splitting a couple of decent yardsticks at Dundalk last time connections must have been delighted with Galway just around the corner. His record at 2m on the level reads well in a handful of tries, the spin behind Minsk at the Curragh possible reads as one of the best especially as the ground was not in favour and although that was some time ago now I do feel the horse is just coming back to the boil.
There are certainly worse 20s shots running at the track this week and whilst luck will be needed we have a runner in form who will handle the track and the conditions ( unless proper rain comes ) and with a pilot who has won the race before. Can hopefully grab a prominent position from the draw, crucial here usually and go close at the finish with the hill devoured in grand style. That’s the plan and if it doesn’t come off then of course I will be cheering Robbie home.
Good luck and enjoy day one at Galway – lots more to come this week incl Goodwood so expect a busy time of it on the Today’s Info front!
Galway 6.45 – Kalann 0.75pt e/w – 20/1 General
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