Galway has a long tradition of horses bouncing out and winning on the double, while the examples of horses performing creditably or doing better second-time around are multiple.
This evening, Willie Mullins points Mr Adjudicator at the Guinness Handicap (6.50pm) after a luckless run in the Connacht Hotel Handicap on Monday, where he finished fourth without ever being able to get into fifth gear due to traffic problems.
Ilikedwayurthinkin was very impressive around Ballybrit on Tuesday and such was the facile nature of his success that Gavin Cromwell sends the JP McManus-owned gelding out once more in the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (2.15pm) on Sunday under Darragh O’Keeffe, who was on board earlier in the week and just can’t stop riding winners.
The same applies to another Tuesday victor, the Ado McGuinness-handled Saltonstall who arrived with a wet sail under Colin Keane to score in the feature Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap and reappears in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Ahonoora Handicap (3.55pm) on Sunday, with the former champion jockey and current pacesetter again doing the steering.
Insignia Of Rank, Marshall Jennings, Turnberry Isle, Quizical, Magnetic North and Master Speaker are just some resuming rivalries with Tuesday’s hero, while Galway standing dish, the Brian Ellison-trained Baraweez also pitches up.
Double Trouble 2
Seriously, we weren’t messing. Pinch Hitter will never be forgotten while horses target multiple victories during the seven-day bonanza. The Galway Tribes Handicap Hurdle (5.10pm) this evening is another example.
Bercasa goes into this on the back of a very easy success on Wednesday, when not for the first time, David Mullins proved that impatience is not always a negative, kicking his mount into the lead after having enough of the early crawl. The tactic proved wise and his father, Tom’s charge never looked in danger.
Joe Murphy is always worth keeping an eye on during Galway week and when he routes Galtee Mist for the Ardilaun Hotel Handicap (4.45pm) tomorrow, you have to take note.
The three-year-old was wonderfully brave under a well-judged ride from the front by Colm O’Donoghue to prevail by a head on the opening day of the festival. While always concerned that the exertions might have left a mark, trainers must be getting positive vibes of vibrancy at home.
In the case of two shrewdies of the ilk of Tom Mullins and Joe Murphy, it could be very telling indeed.