Today will be another good day for Dermot Weld and Tony Martin with both scoring a double of the first day of the Galway Festival

Punters following Crockford yesterday would have benefited from his winners in the first four races on day one of the Galway Festival.  Crockford’s Galway Gambles were landed with Dermot Weld’s Diplomat in the first and Mustajeeb in the third,  Edeymi for Tony Martin winning the feature race at 16/1 and with Aladdin’s Cave in the second on the card.

The Master of Rosewell will send Diplomat out again today to capture the first on the card at (5.05) and he strongly fancies the chances of his Tarfasha with Pat Smullen on board in (6.10).  A third winner for Dermot Weld may come with the favourite in the Topaz Mile at (6.45). Tandem has already been a Galway winner, but will have to see off a strong challenge from the English horse Pintura who won and finished second at the meeting last year. It would not be a surprise if Johnny Murtagh saddles a winner in the race with Campanology given the season he is having. Weld looks almost certain to land the (7.15) with his newcomer Pirate Cove.

Tony Martin landed a big priced double yesterday and looks sure of further success with his dual purpose runner – Busted Tycoon. Freshened up over the summer with a hurdles campaign another gamble looks on the cards in the last (8.15).

The Latin Quarter Chase has a select but interesting field (5.40) in which Rathlin will take the honours  by repelling the Paul Nicholls raider Woolcombe Folly. If the thirteen-year-old Fit The Cove can land the (7.45) it will be his fifth Galway victory.

Crockford’s Galway Gambles:

Diplomat (5.05), Rathlin (5.40), Tarfasha (6.10), Tandem, Pintura e/w and Campanology e/w (6.45), Pirate Cove (7.15), Indian Landing and Fit The Cove e/w (7.45) and Busted Tycoon (8.15)


(Featured Photograph – Pat Smullen on Rite Of Passage by Stuart Rice)




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