I have managed to survive another week of absolute mayhem at the Galway Festival and while it was an absolutely brilliant seven days, it could have been even better.
I’m involved in a horse called Too Scoops, who I didn’t tip up last week because he does need soft ground and there weren’t any guarantees, with a group of lads from Paddy Power and he just got done on the line by Gold Ability in the maiden hurdle by a head.
But it was great to let out a huge roar at Ballybrit and the party we had afterwards in the infamous Guinness and oysters tent certainly made it seem like we had enjoyed a winner!
T-shirt of the week definitely went to Eileen from Offaly and it read ‘BIFFO’ – Beautiful, Intelligent, Female From Offaly!
I think that the performance of the Festival came from Dermot Weld’s Pale Mimosa who won Friday’s mile and a half maiden by an amazing 15 lengths from Buckingham Gate but more on this exciting filly in a couple of weeks.
This Sunday the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes takes pride of place at The Curragh and if top juvenile Dawn Approach lines up he will be very hard to beat. Latest reports indicate that the intention is to run the Coventry Stakes hero although wily handler Jim Bolger will only give the all clear if the ground is fine for his potential star.
With that in mind I’m going to tip up Tom Foley’s All About Alfie in Friday’s Fillies Friday Night Out At Tipperary (Ladies) Handicap.
This fellow was very well backed when winning at Cork on Sunday and he really impressed me when after being joined for the lead by Sheilas Wish he fought back to lead again and eventually win by a comfortable two and a half lengths.
That victory was only the second time that the Antonius Pius gelding had tackled a mile and a half so before the race there was some question marks over the trip, especially on soft to heavy ground, but it appeared to suit and Friday’s heat is over the same distance.
Foley indicated that this lad could go jumping at some stage but I think that there is definitely another race on the level in him.
My missus was absolutely delighted that I spent Sunday afternoon watching racing having only just got back from Ballybrit but another animal that caught my eye was Galway winner Fit The Cove.
Admittedly he’s a 12-year-old now but he certainly hasn’t lost his enthusiasm for the game and hopefully my readers will read this early enough as I think that he can win again in the Foley’s Bar & Off Licence Handicap at Sligo on Wednesday evening.
I don’t see a problem with the extended six furlong trip despite the Galway success being over seven and, in fact, this guy has an engine and ran a good race when third on his penultimate start over a mile which would definitely have stretched him.
Golf is not a subject I’ve mentioned too often here but I think Keegan Bradley could be a good bet each-way at a current 40-1 to win the PGA Championship in South Carolina which begins on Thursday.
Bradley, who won this tournament last year, goes into the last of the sport’s four big annual majors in fine form having won the World Golf Championships Bridgestone International on Sunday.
My selection has expressed concern that the last two times he won an event on tour his game then went downhill in his next tournament and he failed to make the cut for weekend action, but I’m not buying that as he is now a much better golfer.
Wednesday Sligo 6.40 Fit The Cove
Thursday South Carolina 12.00 Keegan Bradley each-way in the PGA Championship
Friday Tipperary 8.35 All About Alfie
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