Galway Sunday Yankee: Compensation claims…

This game finds ever more innovative ways to kick you where it hurts…..Back at Royal Ascot we were big on Summerghand in the Wokingham and when his flying finish came up an inch short it was VERY expensive. Yesterday in the Stewards Cup we were big on Kimifive (16/1) and the money looked set to be banked as he kicked on at the furlong pole only to be denied on the line by a flying finish……from Summerghand (22/1). Defeat was again VERY expensive – the opportunity cost of not staying with the winner, even more so. The emotional cost?…you wouldn’t want to be my cat.

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY: Njord, (1620 Galway), 1pt win, 7/2:

No raceday lends itself better to the quickly turned out theory than this final day of the Galway festival, and that is the script to follow. In the day’s feature race it is Jessie Harrington’s Njord who looks to gain compensation for a heart-breaking photo defeat when overhauled on the line here on Tuesday. That was over his now customary mile, but he has back form at this trip, has been given a kind draw, and a prominent running style should suit the race. Looks sure to go very close again.

The Mpex Kid, (1550 Galway), 11/2: the twice in a week theory gets an early test in this handicap with two winners from earlier in the week Eastern Racer and Mulzamm, faced with two placed horses in The Mpex Kid and Darkened. Given the two winners have penalties to defy, it may rest between the previously placed duo, and it could be worth giving The Mpex Kid the benefit of the doubt. He was a warm favourite when 4th behind Eastern Racer, and although beaten further than a 6lb weight swing would rectify, almost nothing went right there from the start and there was the distinct impression that things could have been different on another day. Well it is another day, and it’s worth backing things to be different.

Buildmeupbuttercup, (1720 Galway), 6/4: one of the most frustrating mares in training as she so often flatters to deceive. In truth, she tends to run in all the best handicap hurdles and her smooth running style invariably has her coming there like a winner, as was the case in Thursday’s valuable Galway Hurdle. She faded to 5th there and that has been the common trait. Here she steps back to the flat and steps down in class. She is the best horse in this race, and despite her soft finishes, she should see it through here in a less demanding race.

Eight And Bob, (1750 Galway), 3/1: just how good a trainer is Willie Mullins and just how good a jockey is Rachael Blackmore? The answer is obviously off the scale and they should be trusted to work the oracle with another frustrating type in Eight and Bob. Second twice her last year, he added a third here in the week when ridden by Blackmore for the first time. That may have just put the edge on the horse and Willie obviously thinks so turning him out again for this race. The jockey will have learnt plenty from that run and should be trusted to make the necessary tactical changes to finally see him home for a Galway win.

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