Three runners at the Galway Festival
We had three runners at the Galway Festival and though results didn’t go our way on this occasion, it was an exciting week and a privilege to have a trio running at one of the most prestigious festivals of the calendar year.
Cottie ran very well in the mares’ handicap hurdle on the Wednesday, leading to the last flight of hurdles, and was probably just done a little for speed, having dropped back in trip for this race. She has been in fine form of late and we will head to Sligo later this month with plenty of confidence in her chances.
Winner of the Tramore Derby on his latest start, Zoffany Bay was back over hurdles and travelled well enough through the contest, but he dropped out rather quickly and it may be that time is catching up with him a little. He has been such an incredible horse for us all, winning a €100,000 Listed contest in France, one of four wins in our colours, but we’ll look for something back on the flat with him and hopefully he can get in front again.
Ninth Titan was sent off favourite for the maiden hurdle on the Saturday and was the choice of Paul Townend, even though Willie had two others with obvious chances in the race (that went on to finish second and third). He travelled and jumped well before emptying quickly before the turn for home, but the run was too bad to be true as his homework has been very good indeed. He has been very sore since the run, but hopefully he’ll bounce back and can show his true colours next time, as he has the potential to be very smart.