In both the Goodwood Cup and Sussex Stakes, the ultimately cosy winners, Stradivarius and Mohaather, having been hemmed in by a combination of the course's unique topography and the way the races were run, still had a lot to do a furlong out. Like all the best books, the outcome had to wait until the last page.
We're jig-jogging in and I've stirrup irons digging into both ankles. One of the downsides of long legs. Felix Desjy is on my inside, he'll make it and I'll slot in behind him. Plan A. The jig-jog is becoming a trot and we're still 50 yards from the tape. Willie's bollocking for missing the start in the Plate stops me from slowing an inch.
Willie Mullins is not taking any chances in the Guinness Handicap Hurdle at Galway this evening as the champion jumps trainer bids to make it five victories in the last eight renewals of the €80,000 contest.
NOT even a global pandemic could stop the glamour of Ladies’ Day at the Galway Races, with the high style event proving a virtual hit, showcasing a Grace Kelly inspired winner.
Aramon gave the father and son combination of Willie and Patrick Mullins a second Guinness Galway Hurdle success in three years with a fine weight-carrying performance in the Ballybrit feature.
These days, trainer Des McDonogh has less than 100 runners each year, and he might get two or three winners from those - but there are a couple of his horses worth keeping an eye on each-way including Hearts Are Trumps, which has been chalked up at 33/1 in places for this evening's Galway Hurdle (6.45).
You can argue that on their day there might have been a few stayers which would have given him a run for his money but in the history of racing there has not been one as accomplished as Stradivarius which became the first horse to win four Qatar Goodwood Cups yesterday.
It's a totally different Galway this summer with racing taking place behind closed doors amid Covid-19 but there may be a familiar scene at Ballybrit today with Gordon Elliott holding a strong hand as he eyes a fourth Plate success in five years.
The Qatar Sussex Stakes has always been a popular destination for Europe's best milers, but today's contest, on paper at least, looks like the race of the season so far, and one which will go a long way to defining this term's champion over the distance.
Battleground, a strapping, powerful two-year-old colt out of one of Coolmore's best race-mares, Found, became the first horse to complete the Royal Ascot-Glorious Goodwood double this summer when he won yesterday's Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes by two lengths.
It was not to be once again for me on the Monday night of Galway. The slow pace did Sharjah no favours, but I was still disappointed that he wasn't able to get me into a more challenging position rounding the home bend.
The deck was stacked against Tony Mullins in the Connacht Hotel Handicap but Princess Zoe (7/1) - a German recruit with "crooked legs" - ripped up the script under crack amateur Finian Maguire to land the €75,000 feature on day one at Ballybrit.
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