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 Tuesday NAP
Rathlin, 5.40pm Galway
Galway, 5.05 pm
Diplomat had a hard enough race of it last night. He’s was a winning nap there but I’m deserting him for Willie Mullins’ Shamar in the opener tonight.
Galway, 6.10 pm
The first flat race of the night sees Leopardstown eye-catcher Tarfasha bid to give Dermot Weld another winner. it was only a three-runner maiden that day and Pat Smullen never used the stick on his mount. Ballybacks Queen and Calorie provide stiff opposition but its hard to get way from the favourite.
Galway, 6.45 pm
This is a tough race to win this and Fortify has a lot of weight for a three-year-old. Tandem looks like a horse on the upgrade and has won on soft ground before. He could be a Group 3 horse lurking in the field. Global Village travels over from the UK and last year’s winner Vastonea looks to have it all to do this time. The Johnny Murtagh-trained Campanology is interesting but Dermot Weld can add to his winner list here.
Galway, 7.15 pm
The unraced Pirate Cove shouldn’t need to be overly special to win this. The others haven’t set the world alight and Jim Bolger’s horses are in fine form and his Fulminata could step up on last year’s results.
Tracey Collins’ Indian Langan has the form in the book but is second top weight along with Knight’s Templar. Pat Flynn’s charge still looks to be on the upgrade. Further down the handicap is Consonance and I’d give this one a big chance if the ground turns soft. John G Murphy’s runner loves to get his toe in and the softer the ground the better. Otherwise Knight’s Templar will come home best.
Trainer Tony Martin could have a third winner – after a big-race double on Monday night – with Busted Tycoon. Toreen Legend from Tommy Stack’s yard has a real chance too in what is a wide-open race.