We’re coming out of the dip and turning for home. Five days down, two to go. Maidens have been good to us this week with Right Honourable, Eziyra and Sikandarabad all scoring and Mujaazy might be able to continue the trend in the 1m maiden (3.50) today.
She is a nice filly and one we like. I thought she ran a really good race first time out at Leopardstown where she bumped into a filly who had ran in a Listed race previously. The form of that maiden has started to work out well with the third, Butterflies, coming out and winning a maiden at Gowran Park last Saturday. We think stepping up from 7f to 1m will certainly be in her favour and I think she will run a big race. The one negative is the ground and we don’t want it to rain much more for her.
The 7f nursery (4.25) is always a tough race to win but Firey Speech gives us a squeak. Just like Mujaazy, the maiden he won at Naas has worked out nicely with Sportsmanship, who has won a Leopardstown maiden and ran well in a Group race at Goodwood, doing the form no harm at all. That was a tough, battling performance and you would have to be thrilled with his attitude there as he looked up against it two furlongs out but quickened well and won nicely in the end.
The handicapper has allotted him a mark of 88 for his first handicap which means he has to carry 9st 7lb which is obviously not ideal. He has to give weight to some unexposed two-year-olds. He has it all to do but he is a nice colt so here’s hoping he’ll be in the thick of things when it matters.
The draw has not been our friend all week and poor Chapter One has got stall 14 of 16 in the 7f handicap (5.00), which is such a pity as we have not seen the best of him yet. He has only had three outings so far but stepping back up to 7f will suit and he seems in good order.
The big problem is the dreaded draw. We saw earlier in the week with Heartful just how hard it is to get involved from out there and I would say that Chapter One has an impossible task from where he has to come from. Stall 14 in a 7f race is a nightmare and I would be very, very surprised if he was able to overcome it and win.
Galway is one of the rare tracks in Ireland where you are turning all the way around so you never get a chance to tuck in from an outside stall. I’ve said it before this week and I will say it again, the draw is more important at Galway than any other track in Ireland and if any of you are having a bet today you would be foolish not to find out first where your horse is drawn.
That brings us to our last runner today, Shinghari, in the 1m3f handicap (5.35) who is in stall 14 of 15. Another nightmare and another very big ask to try and win from there. This is his first handicap but he has shown ability in maidens over a mile, especially on his second start at Limerick. A mark of 72 seems fair enough and I would have hoped for a big run before I got the bad news about the draw.
Originally Published in the Racing Post