Mick Kinane is a 13-time Irish Champion jockey and former stable jockey to Dermot Weld, the man who basically owns the Galway Festival. Quite handy then that the racing legend from Tipperary has dipped into the form book and tried to help us out with a few winners at Galway this week.
Mick Kinane’s Monday NAP
Diplomat 8/11, 5.10pm Galway
Diplomat in the opener has the right credentials to get punters off to a good start. Dermot Weld has him set up for this and he is the one to be on to get something into punters’ satchels.
Mustajeeb (11/10) looked a little raw when he won at the Curragh, he raced keenly and indifferent. He’s sure to improve a lot but he was well beaten that day. I’d oppose him with Friendship (6/4) whose form is very solid. He was beaten by Exogenesis who went on to win a Group race at Leopardstown. Sniper (6/1) is an interesting one from Ger Lyons for punters who feel the front two players are a tad short.
Notable Graduate (5/1) has been set out for it by Dermot Weld and Jane Mangan is riding particularly well. The five pound claim is a big help and she’s good value for it. Domination (12/1), Call Me Bubbles (9/2) and Take Your Cap Off (20/1) contested a very strong Curragh handicap in June, the one I took out of it was Call Me Bubbles. He is definitely one for the shortlist as is Cry For The Moon (10/1) who hasn’t had much luck in this race over the last few years. Maybe this is his chance.
Peace Accord’s (3/1) form is weak, and he hasn’t shown much in two runs this year but, possibly Dermot Weld was trying to get his handicap right. He’s gone for the blinkers so a change of headgear could bring out the improvement required. You’re taking on trust that this is what the stable are doing at a very short price. Whereas Arthur Moore’s Quinine (13/2) has had good form and has a definite chance as does Doc Holliday (7/1) who had a nice handicap debut at Fairyhouse recently. Then there is Strapless (12/1), who, if you forgive one bad run this season, would be a chance for sure. You’re taking on a lot of trust with Dermot in this one and if you’re opposing it side with Doc Holiday.
Interesting that Dermot has gone to take the all-important five pound off Pay Day Kitten’s (2/1) 10 stone which is a big weight to shoulder around Galway in a high-rated handicap. Great Explorer (5/1), from the Ballydoyle team, has great form of recent and is on the upgrade. Dark Crusader (8/1) is going up 19 pound and that should put paid to his chances. Irish Bulletin (7/2) pulled off a nice gamble at Wexford over the weekend and is very nicely weighted. If he can back it up he can definitely trouble the top of the market. The light weight might make the difference up the hill and he definitely has each-way claims.
There are plenty of horses with form. Riverside City (5/1) of Gordon Elliot, Sukiyaki (14/1) of Jim Bolger with Katy Wlash on board had a very nice run at Punchestown, as did Wicklow Brave (11/4) of Willy Mullins. But Marty’s Magic (7/4) is a flat bred horse and generally they get the better of the National Hunt horses. It’s a big ask for a first timer but Marty’s Magic will be difficult to beat with Wicklow Brave the most likely one to cause an upset.