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Corinthia Knight was a good winner at Pontefract on Sunday being the second time he has won for the thread this season. He's a cracking horse who will probably be able to win again off his new mark he'll get.
Monday sees the start of the famous Galway Festival kicking off, where we have six days of racing from both the jumps and the flat. It's generally very difficult to get winners at Galway due to the track being difficult to make ground from the rear, and having a good stall is often vital.
The one horse which caught my eye on day one of the Festival is the JP McManus-owned COMMON PRACTICE. Joseph O'Brien's lightly raced 3yo gelding of Gleneagles won the Apprentice Derby a month ago when massively upped in trip to 12f, having been running over 7f. He ran on strongly that day and it didn't look likely that he was going to win until late on, and I think that Galway will suit his running style as it is a stamina-sapping track, and I think an 8lb rise in the weights can be defied. He was strongly fancied for that race at the Curragh last time around, so they must've been very confident of a big run, and felt that he was well handicapped, so if that's the case, then he should be okay off his new handicap mark today.
I said how stall numbers are pivotal to getting a good position and a good chance of winning at Galway, so stall 5 is a definite plus for the selection. Horses drawn in stall 5 or lower have won 7 of the last 10 renewals, with the other three years being won from stall 6, 12 and 13.