A fine weekend was capped yesterday with another nap winner, Johnny Cavagin (7/2 in to 3/1 SP). His narrow win combined with a non-runner and the earlier win of Regal Mirage (6/1) ensured around 6 x stakes for the daily yankee. Indeed but for terrible luck in running for the other leg it could have been a real day to remember. It’s usually pretty hard to remember anything about a day at Galway races, but we will try to keep the run going as we enter a big racing week…
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Mr Adjudicator, (1940 Galway), 2pts win, 3/1:
This Willie Mullins trained contender is best known for his hurdling exploits, where recent wins at Punchestown and in a valuable French hurdle has seen his rating rise to 157. That is bordering champion hurdle class, and a flat rating of 81, earned a few years ago, undoubtedly has significant scope to increase. It is a long time since he ran in a race like this, and there is very much an either/or as to whether his hurdles form converts – but if it does then he is thrown in, and that looks a chance worth taking. Galway winner Great Trango looks the most likely to chase him home.
Linger, (1755 Galway), 4/1: was three times a hurdle winner in his youth, and ran at a Cheltenham Festival when rated 132. It has been a precipitous fall in form since then, but the same could be said of his stable, and a switch to Joseph O’Brien yielded immediate improvement in this one’s flat form, with figures of 123 in his three runs resulting in a 16lb weight hike. Now makes his hurdling debut for the stable still off just 108. He may not regain the heights of 132, and he may not have 16lbs of improvement to come over hurdles, but even a fraction of that will make him a handful here.
Improving, (1905 Galway), 10/1: those at the head of the market have shown plenty to the handicapper and are mostly drawn wider than would be ideal for this sharply turning 7f. Improving has had just two runs this season, a fourth and a second, both in good races, and both hinting at more to come. He gets the ideal inside box, and should be able to stalk the pace before striking on the turn for home.
Monty’s Miracle, (2010 Galway), 8/1: plenty of support likely here for the unexposed Dermot Weld trained Switch Around but that will probably have her shorter than she merits. We prefer the proven and uncomplicated claims of Monty’s Miracle. She made all to win over a longer trip of 14f at Killarney, and although hit by the handicapper, she looks to be improving and will probably set the fractions again from stall 3. Against inexperienced rivals, she could be hard to pass.
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