The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Lady Scathach, (1715 Galway), 1pt win, 11/4:
An unfortunate, but necessary, covid-19 precaution sees this annual mix of flat and jumps switch to exclusive action each day to avoid too mcuh jockey mingling. Today is exclusively flat racing, and should give us a good chance to start a big week in style. Lady Scathach is in the pink of form right now registering a second consecutive win in easy fashion at Leopardstown last week. A 6lb penalty looks barely enough to halt her stride, and well drawn in a weakish event, she should complete the hat-trick
Kokura, (1640 Galway), 4/1: trained by the in form Johnny Murtagh and looks to have a big chance here. Wasn’t able to make all at Naas last time being caught late on, but has the ideal inside draw for those bold tactics here, on a track that can suit pacesetters, and with first time cheek-pieces that so often work the miracle for prominent racers.
Share The Honour, (1815 Galway), 4/1: One of the features of this festival week is horses for courses, and in particular horses repeatedly doing well at this meeting. Share The Honour, for the shrewd Tony Martin, was a winner here off a mark of 74 in 2018, and returned last year off 78 to run an excellent third behind an impossibly well handicapped rival. That’s a perennial risk here, but back now off 76, with a top jockey booked, and having shown fair form to come 3rd at Leopardstown last time, all looks set fair for him to add another credential to his Galway festival resume.
Sharjah, (1845 Galway), 5/2: we were very keen on De Name Escapes Me at a good price in a strong race at the Curragh recently only to see him run down late on by another blog regular in Dalton Highway. They re-oppose here and maybe this track will play more to Dalton’s strengths. The beaten favourite at the Curragh was Champion Hurdle runner up Sharjah having a flat outing. He has a fair few lengths to find, but after netting out the apprentice claims his rivals received last time he is now massively better at the weights. Add in some likely improvement for that run and his relationship with jockey Patrick Mullins and it is easy to get behind why he remains a short priced favourite despite that last beating. Not a horse we love – we’d prefer to back one of our two regulars, but sometimes the weight of numbers just demands you have to back against type.
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