And so it ends, the 2019 Galway Festival – the “state of mind” as it has been called – over for another year.
We are aiming to go out on a high with short- and big-priced winners on the Sunday, with some tricky races thrown in.
Here are my two main fancies. Best of luck
Ilikedwayurthinkin has had quite a colourful history. He was one of the eye-catchers of the season when beaten on his handicap debut before he flopped at Naas, and then was a heavily-backed Galway Festival winner on Wednesday.
To win twice in the same week at Galway is always nice, even for someone as wealthy as JP McManus, and the Yeats gelding, barring a horror-show traffic-wise, should win.
Chess Grand Master looks a big price here. Although he is a son of Galileo, he went down the bumper route, winning and finishing second twice in three starts.
After two all-weather wins – where he showed lots of stamina – earlier this year he may have been a bit high in the handicap but was still capable of good runs when rated in the 80s.
His best hurdles run was on heavy, which would have not suited, and he could have a fair bit in hand.