Our man with the naps is backing Willie Mullins and son Patrick to take the big race in Galway today.

He’s taking no chances with Covid 19 and has borrowed a famous piece of Galway races memorabilia from which he delivered his verdict.

He told us, ‘I’m calling you from deep inside the Fianna Fail tent,  I have to self isolate and it’s the only thing big, warm and comfortable enough that I could find.

Sharjah is my nap of the day,  in the Connacht Premier handicap (6.45), remember he finished second in the Champion Hurdle and has won the Galway Hurdle in the past.

‘It’s notable that Patrick takes the ride when he could have had his pick of most of the stables runners, I’ll back his judgment call with good money, if I can unzip the lock on this tent.

‘My next best is an Aidan O’Brien runner in the 7.15 ElizabethOfAragon, she has top weight but young Hennessy takes seven pound of her in his claim and that could be vital, she has the class to make this a procession.

‘And the one that best represents EW value today is Ciel D’Afrique in the last at around seven or eight to one, nobody knows Ballynrit better than Dermot Weld and the booking of JJ Codd looks significant.

‘Good luck now.’

Galway 27-7-16
Action from the Tote EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle.(Photo HEALY RACING)