I’ve no ride in this one, but I did beat Zafayan into second place on board Bachasson on Thursday in a novice hurdle. The handicapper has put him up two pounds for that and that puts him at 126 – that should be more than enough to win a maiden hurdle at this time of year. Akito and Tigris River will give him a lot to do though. I woudln’t worry about the quick turnaround. I once rode one of Tony Martin’s horses to three wins over the course of Galway week. My main concern is that his handicap mark flatters him, but he should still have enough to win this.
She was down as a reserve but she’s got in thanks to Wood Breizh being taken out and she’s instantly a contender. She ran reasonably well on her reappearance at Limerick last month. Two miles and five around Galway is a different story. She won coming up the hill at Tramore over two miles, so hopefully she’ll come up the hill at Galway, but we won’t know until we try it. Tony Martin was very eager to put Pyromaniac in the Galway Hurdle so if he thought he had a good chance of winning that, he must think he’s got a great chance in a weaker race. He’s also got Elishpour who has been banging on the door of late. The stable is in flying form and they’re the two we have to beat.
I rode Sarwistan in a hurdle race over two miles and he didn’t stay. He traveled well, was in contention three out and finished absolutely nowhere. This distance on the flat looks ideal for him. The form of the Tony Martin stable makes him a very attractive bet and he’ll run a big race.
Another Cyclone was taken out earlier in the week on account of the soft ground. Things haven’t improved a whole heap on that front since then, so you’d wonder where that leaves him. Shark Hanlon was very bullish prior to taking him out of that race so he obviously still fancies him. The Dermot Weld horse, First Figaro is going to be very hard to beat, but this lad will keep him honest and put it up to him.