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Glorious Galway

Credit has to be given to Galway Racecourse in this week's Track Talk as despite a frustrating end to the week weather-wise, that didn't stop the crowds swarming through the turnstiles and in total just over 139,037 people went racing over the seven days which is a credit to all concerned.

It wasn't just the crowd that was up either but there was a vast increase in representation from across the water which only added to the incredibly competitive nature of the week and there is little doubt that Galway is now becoming a bit more than a week of summer racing with just a couple of big handicaps.

Mick Winters (inset) had sort of stole the spotlight at Ballybrit in recent years with the memorable celebrations following Rebel Fitz and Missunited's Galway Hurdle triumphs and even in his absence this year a roar went up like very few throughout the week as Missunited was heading for victory in the Lillie Langry Stakes at Goodwood which was been shown across the big screens on the track and that was just typical of the fantastic atmosphere that was there throughout the week.

So hard did John Moloney and his crew work on maintaining beautiful summer racing ground for the first part of the week that Mother Nature felt he needed a break for the last few days and while she may have overdone the watering a bit, few could complain and there is even an argument to suggest that some of the non-runners taken out on Sunday were hastily done as we had some good-ground horses winning which suggested it wasn't as bad as the rain had made it out to be.

Dermot Weld was again crowned leading trainer for the week and while he may not have had the numerical total that many of us were expecting, he did do what he loves to around Galway and that is unleash potential stars. In Forgotten Voice especially we will watch with pleasure to see just how far he goes up the ranks.

Every year Galway clashes with Glorious Goodwood and whatever about the latter, the meeting in the west of Ireland is only getting better each year.


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