Robbie McNamara is no stranger to riding winners at Ballybrit and with Ireland’s most popular mixed racing festival now in full swing, we spoke to a man who has successfully hooked up with the King of Ballybrit, Dermot Weld on numerous occasions for his thoughts on a cracking day two card.
Robbie’s Galway Races tips – day two:
The quick version
5.15 Long Dog
5.45 Guitar Pete
7.50 Lasy Ranger
8.20 Grecian Tiger
This is my NAP of the night, all the way.
This is a very hot beginners chase, you’d see Grade 2s that wouldn’t be as hot as this. Waaheb has been schooling for a while but with 16 runners around Galway I’d be a little worried about him. The ground could be an issue for him as well. Hash Brown had a nice run the last day in Limerick with Barry Geraghty who didn’t kill him and he left him alone once his chance was gone. I’d go for Guitar Pete, he’s probably the best of these over hurdles. He gets the five-year old allowance and from all accounts he’s schooling well at home.
I’m going for Siamsaiocht here. She’d a good run out in her first race and the form has worked out well for her. Paddy Smullen wasn’t over hard on Simannka in Tipperary once her chance was gone and she should handle the ground well but it’s the Bulger horse for me.
Colin Keane had his choice of GerLyons five runners in this race and he chose Unsinkable, who is my pick to win this race. He’s after shooting up the ratings since coming to Ger Lyons and he ran a cracking race in Navan the last day.
Weld’s Valac is a very well bred horse but he’s had his chances, he’s been gelded and the visor is on so today is his day. I think Jessica Harrington’s colt, Unyielding, had a very good run the first time out in Killarney. The form has worked out and he could be the one to take advantage of Valac’s poor constitution.
I was going to go for Northern Rocked but he’s dropped way down the ratings, he’s 17 or 18 pounds lower than he was last year. He’s one that I’d give a chance to but he’s drawn very wide which could go against him. A team that’s working very well together is Sean Corby and Adrian Keatley. Lady Ranger ran very well in Ayr the last day and she could be one to upset the field at a big price.
Grecian Tiger ran a cracker off a similar mark last year. He’s probably not the most genuine horse in the world but he’ll handle the ground and he’ll stay the 2 miles. If he puts his best foot forward he’s definitely better than his mark suggests.